What Are You Teaching Kids?

“Racism is a learned behavior,” he said. “It’s not something you’re born with.” The sports radio host I was listening to was discussing a situation involving a Boston Red Sox fan and his racial taunts toward baseball player Adam Jones. The situation was ugly and could have been avoided. Actually, it should never have happened. Now, I’m not saying the fan’s remarks were based on his parents’ behavior, but something, someone said and did ignorant things that inspired the fan to feel as though his actions or words were appropriate. They were not, and that is the purpose for this blog.

I don’t aim to solve America’s problems with this blog. People have always been ugly to one another, and because we are all fallen individuals who righteousness is as filthy rags, people will continue to be ugly to one another (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6). But here’s the deal. We can reduce the number of people who say and do racist things. That goes for just about anyone who says and does any ignorant thing, and it’s not that difficult:

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:35-40)

If you love God, love your neighbor. It doesn’t matter whether he or she is red, yellow, black or white. They are precious in His sight. That’s because God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11). This means you should not pick and choose the people you like or reject.

Yes, we all have our weak moments. We certainly say things we wish we could take back, even when we are the person that was wronged. I know I have.Sometimes, we utter things and wonder did I say that out loud or where did that come from? It came from somewhere. It came from the heart:

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…” (Matthew 15:19-20)

A Holy Spirit-inspired Paul tells us to avoid saying ugly things:

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

Don’t be ugly to other people, even when they are ugly to you because of who you are and how you look. When you do negative things, people notice and they might think it is okay to act that way. This includes children. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. That goes for racist views and opinions. After all, racism is a learned behavior. It’s not something people are born with. 

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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