“With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.”
A summary of all of God’s rules was given by Jesus in Matthew 7:12:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
On this day in the US, when we remember the importance of MLK and his bravery and fearless pursuit of equality, it is good for Christians to consider God’s rules. But, it is not enough to just think about what’s right, we must speak and do what’s right too. Have the words that have come out of your mouth reflected Matthew 7:12? Would you want someone who is of a different ethnicity or culture to speak about you in the way that you’ve spoken negatively about them, specifically because of those differences?
We all have the exact same makeup on the inside, and all of our DNA is very similar. Recognize your need to repent from the hate that exists in your own hearts toward people who look and sound differently than you. You look and sound just as different to them, so with that perspective, love those who are different, and pursue loving and peaceful relationships with them. This includes the way that you speak of them when they aren’t around.