Prejudice, Hatred and Persecution

            Racism due to prejudice and hatred often leads to brutality, violence and even more hate. This is evidenced by the events at Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Washington University in St. Louis, MO; New York City; Baltimore, MD; Charleston, SC; and countless other places. It's a growing epidemic which needs to be, and must be stopped now. Hate only begets hate. God has instructed us how to live, why can't we abide by His wishes? Why do we have to be so barbaric in the treatment of our fellow man? Ask yourself these questions again after reading God's instructions below.

2 Corinthians 7:2 - 3 (NKJV)
            Open your hearts to us. We have wrong no one, whe have corrupted No one, we have cheated no one.
            I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.

1 John 2:9 - 11 (NKJV)
            He who says he is in the light and hates is brother, is in darkness until now.
            He who loves his brother abides in the light, and thers is no cause for stumbling in him.
            But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Acts 15:5 - 11 (NKJV)
            But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up saying, "it is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
            Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
            And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
            "So God, who knows the heart, acknowledges them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
            "and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
            "Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
            "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they."

Galatians 3:28 - 29 (NKJV)
            There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
            And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

James 2:1 - 4 (NKJV)
            My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
            For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
            and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "you sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "you stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool,"
            have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

John 15:18 - 21 (NKJV)
            "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
            "If you were in the world, the world would love its own. "Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
            "Remember the word that I send to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
            "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

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