urgh… even the word itself makes me feel uncomfortable.
you can deny all you want, but discrimination does exist. and no, the modern world isn’t any better. we still discriminate and judge each other just the same as we did in biblical times. we just have different, modern versions and images of idols and pharisees such as celebrities, politicians, etc… and the stones that were thrown are now in the form of tweets and social media messages that come from fear and hatred.
whether it’s racial, religious or simply because you are different, we have to stop the denying and recognise this as a problem and be part of the force that stops it. having more hatred, violence, anger and resentment against each other is not the answer.
with the recent viral newsfeeds of hashtags #blacklivesmatter and #thisis2016 releasing an uproar for awareness and justice, it made me wonder… where does discrimination come from?
and then, i observed my children and how they interact with others. i was able to see the world in their eyes in complete purity and innocence. there is love. no hatred. there is joy and no fear.
i believe fear is the key element that leads to darkness. fear locks up all the gifts that want to flourish in us and hence it stops us from being able to share our gifts to others to bring light into the world.
we aren’t born to live in a spirit of fear.
when i see my children so happy to run freely and fearlessly, i am immediately reminded of childlike faith.
so what is childlike faith? and what does it mean?
I believe it means that we live in a spirit of freedom with faith and love that will never fail.
if we look at Jesus’ teachings, he completely crushed the whole idea of “being good” and working hard to make things right. instead, he says to come to Him and rest in him – just like how a child runs into the safety of a parent’s embrace – and He will make things right for us.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
just like in my own experience of being discriminated by the senior tutor at oxford university [for the full story see my ted talk video], i could have easily been consumed in the darkness that tried to suck me into believing i wasn’t able and that i wasn’t worthy. i would be lying if i say that i didn’t feel any anger or hatred towards what had happened to me. however, light overcame darkness the moment i started praying, “dear God, whatever your plan is, let it be and may your will be done” and then He made things right for me.
without fear, we won’t teach our children to be afraid of others’ differences. it is with love that we learn to embrace one another like a brother or sister. and most importantly, if we learn from our children and have childlike faith, then we will be able to understand what it truly means to be free. and by being free in spirit, there will be an unleash of love that ultimately wins!
Galatians 5:1; 13-15 (NIV)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”