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(WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION??)
SCRIPTURE - Jas 2:1-4
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
SUBJECT - WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT
If you search the bible, from Genesis through Revelations. you will not find the term affirmative action mentioned in it, at all. However, just because the term is not mentioned, does not mean that it isn't addressed. After all, if God knows everything, on the past, present and future, then surely he knew about affirmative action, and would have laid some ground work, that addressed the issue, somehow, in the past. Right??
Well, if you look at the above subject verses, you may not see the reference, if, you don't have the spiritual eyes to see it. However, don't be upset, because you probably are in the position you are in. because you haven't been taught properly, by those that have the charge over you to teach you, about spiritual things, and that essentially is, your pastor.
You see, we have big problems today in the church, because many of our leaders in the church, quite frankly, need to get out of the pulpits, because they don't have the necessary tools to lead God's people. They, in fact, need someone to teach them.
Jesus once said, [Mat 15:14] 'Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.' [John 15:20] Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.......
This last passage also has a spiritually discerned implication, that is also a common reality. That reality is, no student, can go any further than that which their teacher is. In other words, you are limited in ability, or knowledge, based on the limitations of your teacher.
In the church, this means, the spiritual condition of the pastor, will be the gauge of how deep in to the things of God, the body (congregation) will go. If he is shallow, then the members will be shallow. On the other hand, if he is deep, then the body will also be deep.
The subject scriptures, use the term, 'respector of persons'.
What this means, as subsequent verses to it indicate, as a Christian, representing Christ, we should not, and I repeat, should not, be partial to, or give any special treatment to anyone, based on their wealth, appearance, or position. To do so, means we are violating the principles that Christ established.
Christ, never regarded a person, or gave special treatment to anyone based on their status, or position, or wealth. His treatment to all, was, back then, and is today, based on one thing, and that is their faith. or
more particularly, their spiritual condition, or what we call, character.
Jesus once said, that the people are able to see and understand natural things, better than spiritual things, so He spoke to them about natural things, so that they could understand spiritual things. We have many people that, have good understanding of natural things, and would say things should be that way, when it comes to their own interests being lifted up, but when the shoe is on the other foot, then they have a problem. They don't want to see their error, but that is just what I am going to show you.
First, what is affirmative action???
Basically defined, it is a so-called law, that, for all intents and purposes, gives special treatment to certain individuals, based solely on their race, or the color of their skin.
The way it works is, when it comes to hiring, accepting enrollees in a school, living in certain areas, or accepting people in certain groups, like fraternities and such, qualifications such as education, IQ, physical abilities or some other test, certain groups, are to be given special treatment based on nothing more than the color of their skin.
The law, says that they are to get preferential treatment. In the case of tests, whatever their score is, they are to get a certain number of points added to their score. And if that puts them ahead of someone who originally had a higher score than theirs, that they should get accepted above that person.
If they aren't, then they can sue the employer, institution, or group.
The reason for this law, is supposed to be, because of past discriminations, and such, that kept blacks from being as educated as whites.
Therefore, it, for all intents and purposes, advocates the very thing that God says, is wrong.
Now, let's look at the practical dangers of this thinking.
Several years back, there was a case, where a white student, sued a medical school, after it accepted a black man for student, over him, because, though the black man, had a lower score than the white man, because of this law, the black was given a higher score, in points, and thereby accepted, while the white was rejected because of class size limitations.
This case was the first, challenging this new law. The white man's name was 'Bakke.' He sued on the grounds of 'reverse discrimination.'
For a long time, blacks claimed whites discriminated against them, and this law, which they say, was 'just', was, somehow, not discrimination.
The courts, ruled against 'Bakke.'
So, we had a black man, who was not quite smart enough to pass an entrance exam in to a medical school, getting in, and, if I am not mistaken, he just barely made it through.
Anyway, several years ago, this black man's medical license was revoked, because of incompetence, in the deaths of 2 women, and the maiming of a third, because of his treatment of them.
Now, any person with any sense, would say, that the most qualified should be put in positions, where it is a critical position, where lives, and the well being of individuals or the community may suffer if mistakes are made. And putting people with inferior abilities, in these positions, just to satisfy some stupid law, is a disaster waiting to happen.
Now, God, and Jesus Christ can see that, and They want us to see that as well, so they put examples of it in the bible. But those that should be guiding you through this area, especially given its importance to the black community, aren't doing it. And why??? They don't want to seem to be going against what the black community wants.
But, Martin Luther King addressed this issue when he stated, 'men should be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'
This was a reference to racial discrimination, on either side. But, the black community, who embraces everything, they say, that Martin stood for and espoused, completely ignore this part of his message. There are a lot of preachers, that marched with him, and supported him, today, are going totally against what he said.
These preachers are a disgrace to what Martin stood for, let alone the position that they hold in the church, as pastors, seeing what God has to say about this issue.
Look at it like this. affirmative action is a type of revenge against a group of people, for what has been happening to the black community in the past.
Now remember, God says, Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
So, what we have is black preachers, supporting an action that God
has reserved for Himself.
Besides that, affirmative action, punishes, for the most part, people
that had nothing to do with the problem.
So we have God's people, or at least those that claim to be, supporting actions that target innocent people.
Plus there is another irony to this issue.
Some of the one's that get punished, are other Christian brothers and sisters.
That's right, affirmative action, makes no distinction between guilt, or innocence, Christian or non Christian.
Therefore, affirmative action, in effect pits black Christians against white Christians. And that gives the black Christian favor over the white, whereas God is no respector of persons, and only favors those that deserve it according to their obedience to Him.
Why does God reserve vengeance to Himself?? Because He is the only one who knows just who is guilty, when there is no direct evidence to implicate them. In our court system, people are innocent until proven guilty. Try to make a person guilty, without evidence, and you have no justice. Well, affirmative action, accomplishes the same thing. There is no justice, in it. And therefore, unjust actions, will be dealt with, if not by man, then definitely by God. And in some instances, by both.
So, in some ways, you can see why the black community, despite affirmative action, is still languishing at the bottom of the educational, and economic ladders. In fact, other groups, are advancing above us, using the same laws, that were designed to help us.
This is God's justice, and judgment on us.
The bible says, Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The black community is reaping what it has been sowing over these past decades, and will continue to do so, until it realizes its mistake, or is destroyed by it. And leading the way, are preachers, who, when the problems arise, will quickly blame, guess who?? The Republicans, or George Bush.
They are quick, to put the blame on everybody, so that no one will take the time to stop and think about what is going on.
These preachers are trying to remain popular in their communities, while at the same time, falling out of popularity with God. They don't care, about anything but popularity, and the money they get from their unsuspecting supporters.
The black community needs to wake up, and get away from this lunacy of trying to get even with people, who, as I said earlier, for the most part, had nothing to do, whatsoever, with the plight of the black community. For, this blind push, to get ahead, at the cost of stepping on others, will only result in God having to put a stop to it. And believe me, you don't want Him involving Himself directly in stopping something that you are doing. Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.