Originally posted by Eladar
If you are heavily influenced by the Northeast, then I can see where you would be preoccupied with worldly things like racism.
As for me I do not try to ascertain where a Christian has been raised in order to evaluate him. As long as he belongs to the Lord Jesus I need not too much other information.
My chief concern is "Has Jesus Christ received this person? If Jesus Christ has received this person then I should receive this person."
" Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received you to the glory of God." ( Rom. 15:7)
People of different opinions from me about social and political issues who are brothers in Jesus Christ are good for me. They give me the incentive to depend upon Jesus for the agape love and wisdom rather than on my domestic logic or national philosophy.
There is a common enemy that must be crushed under our feet.
"Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you." (Rom. 16:20)
Sometimes we need to empathize with each other. You might be concerned with racism if like me your brother called up from a Mississippi house surrounded by unpredictable police. A father's son hundreds of miles away, over a phone, asks his father what he should do as a black person in a Mississippi house staked out by unpredictable police in the 60s.
Imagine your frightened son calling from hundreds of miles away explaining that possible hostile treatment might befall him because of his skin color.
You might not say "Oh, racism is not a big deal. That's a liberal thing."
Things like this shape our outlook, whoever we are and whatever part of the world we come from. As perhaps you have had different kinds of experiences which also shaped your outlook on society. I too need to empathize with you.
But as members of the Body of Christ we have to look to Christ's life to swallow up suspicions, mistrusts, and other things.
I will be away from the Forum probably for a couple of days.
Hope you got something from the video.