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“Let Us Pursue What Makes for Peace”

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“Let Us Pursue What Makes for Peace”


What happens when your formative years are spent in a diversity-barren town?

I grew up in a village of 600 people in southern Illinois and while many people, when Illinois is mentioned, think of Chicago and the diverse melting pot that it is, my home was very far from that.

I would never say the people in my hometown were racist because honestly they were never given the opportunity to be, at least not while I was around.

We were simple, peaceful, removed.

So arriving at college in St. Louis was a bit of a wake-up call.

The diversity of my friend group expanded along with my worldview and then my sophomore year, the unthinkable happened.

Racial tensions, of which I had never experienced, exploded in Ferguson and it was then that I realized just how deeply America was sick with hatred.

Of course, it affected the African American communities the hardest, especially those directly harmed by the riots, the ripple effects of which are still felt to this day.

However, it cannot be denied that the whole of the United States is still under the heavy burden of racism, riots and most of all, hatred.

It would be tempting to retreat to my peaceful home and try to purge myself of what I’ve experienced, but it’s then I remember the call of Christ and the foundation on which this country was built.

In Romans 14:19, we are given a charge, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

Once you experience hatred, you can’t forget it. You can’t turn a blind eye and try to move on.

You’re a part of this world and this country.

Love one another.

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