Discrimination is wrong.
Some people need to be told discrimination is wrong.
For whatever reason, they never learned that it’s wrong to discriminate against others because of skin color, or gender or size or age or sexuality or nationality or religion.
It’s un-Christian, un-Biblical, un-American and unfair.
Some people claim God made everyone equal, but then they treat others unequally. They demand preferential treatment or are blind to the benefits they receive because of their gender or race.
They think they are somehow losing rights when others get the same rights they have – Their marriages are somehow threatened, because someone else is married, for example.
When shown how discrimination is wrong, they don’t care.
They complain about “political correctness,” or bemoan not being allowed to discriminate by picking and choosing who gets equal treatment in public policies, in laws and in the marketplace.
They demand for themselves rights they refuse to extend to others.
Discrimination has been so normalized that it makes equitable treatment appear like special accommodations.
A surprising number of frightened white men think they’re being discriminated against when other people get treated equally.
The United States was built on a false promise of equality from rich, white men who marginalized everyone else.
Poor white men, women, blacks, Asians, Jews, Hispanics — all have been sold a false narrative that they have the same opportunities as the wealthy elites, while being blamed for being victims in a society driven by victimizing them. The prison industry is built upon the crushed hopes and dreams of the working poor, for example.
In the past century, as marginalized groups have moved into the mainstream, the white, wealthy, male elites have grown more adept at fanning fears and pitting exploited groups against each other.
The white, male elites have cobbled together an ever-shrinking coalition of racists and religious radicals while anesthetizing the majority of the population with entertainment, a celebration of ignorance, and irrational fears. The ruling rich reached their summit, and society its nadir, with the election of an incompetent, frightened, cowardly, racist bully to the highest office in the land.
Jesus offers a better way.
The message of Jesus is good news to the poor. Liberation for the oppressed, freedom from fear. Release for the captives. The love of God.
This is the Good News Jesus brings.
The message of Jesus is in direct conflict with the white patriarchy, so white, male preachers obstruct the true message of Jesus by focusing on hell, judgement and condemnation.
Jesus tells us the characteristics that God blesses. These are not the characteristics of the wealthy elite.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, and the meek.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
In other words, blessed are those who don’t discriminate.
Discrimination is not of God and neither are those who support discrimination.