Today, our nation honors the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who spoke out against racial discrimination and promoted nonviolent actions for racial equality. His assassination in 1968 was a dark day in our history. His leadership voice and influence has helped in significant ways but there is still much that needs to be done.Each of us has both opportunity and responsibility to break down racial barriers. Click To Tweet
Each of us has both opportunity and responsibility to break down racial barriers. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Lead out in bringing diversity to your church and workplace.
Don’t be passive and wait for diversity to happen. Make it happen. Are you inclusive of others? Start the conversation. Take concrete action to become more diverse.
- Proactively engage in relationships that break down barriers.
In your circle of friends, coworkers, ministry partners, do you dialogue with others from different ethnic backgrounds? Be proactive in reaching out and learning from those that are different than you.
- Know your community, city, and region well.
We can so easily miss the diversity that is around us. Get the facts and know your area. It will greatly surprise you at the people groups, cultures, and diversity that is right at your back door. Pray that God would open your eyes to see.
- Take every word captive.
Your children, your team, and others are listening. Words can shatter barriers or they can reinforce them. Your public platform matters, but equally important are your conversations behind closed doors, over lunch, and at the water cooler. The jokes you tell, your response to news stories, and the entertainment you discuss all reveal your heart toward diversity.
- Love people.
You can fake a politically correct public relations campaign, but you cannot fake loving your neighbor. We must really love people. As leaders of faith, love is the foundation. God is love. Jesus came because of love. Redemption and grace come from a place of unmerited love. The more we grow in our faith, the more we love people. The more we see ourselves and understand the gospel, the more we love.
“Above all, put on love – the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:14
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28
What else would you recommend to break down racial barriers?