All nationalities have a negative nationalistic trait, and some are worse than others. And because the Lord did mention some of them,But did that make Him one? Of course not! He gave His life for all who would accept Him, “God is not one to show partiality but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him” (Acts 10:34). Yet, His dying love wouldn’t be enough for some today.
Every nationality has a negative nationality trait, and I speak from much experience having mixed with, and lived with many different nationalities in our missionary work, and their particular negative nationality trait would become obvious within weeks, which intrigued me as I love studying people.
Also, in my large family we have now acquired quite a few different races through marriage, and I soon recognise the negative nationality trait of each and we laugh and joke about each others. But if I were to express to someone outside of my family some negative traits I dislike, I’d be called a racist, as Jesus would be today. It is not racist to dislike a dislikeable negative nationality trait!
“You have two nations in your womb” (Genesis 25:23). Esau represented a nation God disliked, and expressed it. Esau represented a nation that hated Israel…
“Come, let us wipe them out as a nation that the name of Israel be remembered no more. Let us possess for ourselves the pastures of God'” (Psalm 83:8,12).
I feel sad on hearing someone being labelled a ‘racist’ when it could be a negative nationality trait they don’t like. There are profound cultural differences that not everyone likes or feels comfortable with. And there are some cultures that it’s our duty not to like! (that’s why missionaries went to other countries to change some of them). It doesn’t make anyone racist if someone is more comfortable with their own kind.
I am English, and recently, the English have been branded racist, when the opposite is true. Lies can do much damage – that’s why God hates lies. The horror of the Holocaust all started with ‘lies’ being printed about Jews in children’s comics and newspapers, until the lies were believed. If you say something enough times, people will begin to believe it.
I know what an English negative nationality trait is. But their positive trait is: they are a very compassionate race, always willing to help someone in need whatever colour or race, which has brought unexpected trouble on some. But it’s never put them/me off from doing the same again.
What is my point?
Don’t be perturbed if you are called a ‘racist’ just because you dislike some negative nationality traits of certain races. We should dislike/disapprove of some! Or if you feel like a fish out of water around certain cultures. It’s as if we are not allowed to ‘dislike’ anything or anyone these days without being labelled a racist. Even our sinless Lord did not approve of everything or everyone, and often pointed out a negative trait. It’s as if Satan is trying to look ‘Holier than God’ these days, if you get my meaning.
Persecution comes in all different forms and as Christians, we will be called all sorts of unsavoury names.
Think of Jesus, who would be ‘cancelled’ today.
The Apostle Paul couldn’t have put it better…“We have become the scum of the world” (1 Corinthians 4:13). “Rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41). Paul also said, “If I were still trying to please men I would not be a bond servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
So my message to any Christian is this: if you are called ANY hurtful name (which is usually when we can’t approve of something God doesn’t approve of!) such as ‘unloving’ ‘behind-the-times’ ‘holy-joe’ – or are ignored as if poisonous! Don’t give in to the temptation to rid yourself of these ‘stones’ thrown at you by joining the ‘field’ full of seeds that fell by-the-wayside through some opposition, “For when you do right and suffer for it, you patiently endure, this finds favour with God” (1 Peter 2:20).
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. (Matthew 5:11)
I’d always wondered how heaven would fit everyone in since the beginning of the world! The words of the Lord in Matthew 7:14 answered it for me, “Narrow is the way and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13).
Is this ‘few’ because the way started to become a little ‘too persecuted’ for some? “When persecution arises he falls away” (Matthew 13:21).
We are in the army of the Lord! And in these last days the ‘arrows’ of the enemy will come thicker and faster. They will wound. We may shed tears. But as long as we still remain with the ‘few!’
“The righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity” (Proverbs 24:16)
“Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).
Copyright. Christine Smith. 2022. Living Devotions. UK.
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