In the midst of this pandemic, while we were in the United States, a very brutal murder took place in Minnesota, the state where I was born. You may have heard the news: an unarmed black man named George Floyd was killed by police officers, and it was captured on video by a bystander’s cell phone. When this video went viral, the US erupted in protests, violence, and destruction. Floyd’s death was not an isolated incident. Tragically, there have been other recent racial killings in the US in the first part of 2020.
Racism and prejudice against people of other skin colors or nationalities is hardly just an American problem. There are racial problems and prejudice throughout the world—including in Lebanon.
My sermon this Sabbath will attempt to reveal the solution to racism and prejudice. I believe Jesus’ words are very clear, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The same Jesus who gave that command can also transform our lives in such a way as to fill our hearts with love for others—removing any racism or prejudice from our lives. That is the solution. Jesus is the solution. Jesus transforms us—cleansing us of the sins of racism and prejudice. Jesus wants us to be an example for the world of what it truly means to love others.