Saturday, September 9, 2017

Racism and other forms of prevalent gross discrimination

A major goal of this article is to spread awareness about all prevalent forms of gross discrimination in this world!

The thought of this write-up was triggered soon after the grossly-violent August’17 Charlottesville rally (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally).

Yes, tragically, racism still exists in this world, and so does many other forms of "need-to-end-soon" gross discrimination.

Apparently, from time to time, we have to talk about these and implement new ways to counter them - as they never seems to go away from this world!

First of all, how is "racism" precisely defined? I leave that for you to research on (i.e., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism). At the very least, I would say it is tied to any action originating from the belief that one race is superior to another in some context.

And, how BAD "racism" is today and has been in history? That is also a very good topic to research on. BTW, talking of history, one of the most extreme cases of racism that is often talked about is obviously Holocaust (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust) - in which millions of Jews were killed, because they were considered as an inferior race by Hitler.

In current times, you may have heard of many personal stories of racism. One mind-blowing story that I read was the claims of Ashley Graham - http://time.com/4890516/ashley-graham-on-white-privilege/, on how the color of her skin helped in her modeling career.
(Disclaimer:- I have not fact-checked all her statements. Here, I just wanted to share her claims that are definitely worth studying).

BTW, here in this article, I will briefly touch on other forms of prevalent gross discrimination too.

Some gross examples of discrimination that we see in the world:-
  • Unfair treatment because of one's skin color
  • Unfair treatment because of one's gender
  • Unfair treatment because of sexual orientation
  • Unfair treatment because of one's caste in India
  • Unfair treatment because of one’s country of origin
  • Unfair treatment because of one’s religion beliefs
  • Unfair treatment of refugees
    • Why did the refugees in the ongoing middle-east crises have to go through all the horrible things they have been going through? Why were/are they not welcome in many places?
  • Unfair treatment because of one’s financial / social status
  • ...

Also, I will briefly mention some scripture verses that counter the spirit of discrimination:-
  • “Love your neighbor as YOURSELF” (Mark 12:31)
  • “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
    • Learn to look at people the way God looks at.
  • “So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16)

Conclusion - The zillion dollar question remains: “How do we end racism and other forms of prevalent gross discrimination in this world?”. Let us start with spreading awareness


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Is Life Fair? / Gross Disparities ...

We see sports / movie / pop / etc stars being elevated among the highest rung (in terms of riches, fame, affection, etc) of the society.


Now what about the janitors, who do very useful, valuable, and meaningful works?? Do they live “forgotten” / “un-valued” and even “looked-down-upon” in many places?


Jesus said: “First will be last and last will be first” (https://www.gotquestions.org/first-last-last-first.html).

So, as a consequence of the way society is working today, many of the un-valued, forgotten, “looked down upon” folks (such as, say janitors in many places) could be first in God’s Kingdom … ahead of many celebrities that are worshiped as gods in the society!

In God's Kingdom life is fair.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

God of weak, poor, broken, lost, captives ... (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)


On "Success" (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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Spiritual Warfare (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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Quoting from http://devos20xx.blogspot.com/2017/01/on-suffering.html

"Watchout for Spiritual Warfare - a noteworthy source of suffering. In Luke 22:31, Jesus Himself testifies that Satan has asked permission to “sift” Peter. In the Book of Jobs too Satan is allowed to “sift” Job (Job 1). 1 Peter 5:8 warns: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Ephesians 6:10-20 advises how to tackle spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is so prevalent that some say that if everything is always going well with someone, then that person is at the side of Satan ;)"

But also know God is in full control at all times. Jesus said for His children: “no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-30; Yes Jesus fights for His children), and He also prays for them (Luke 22:31). To those overwhelmed with troubles and hardships of life, He says:- “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.”” (Matthew 11-28-30).

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How shall we work (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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What does the Scriptures say on "How shall we work" ...

  • Matthew 25:14-30 - "Parable of the Talents"
  • Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”.,
  • Remember the zeal of Jesus in doing God’s work diligently from John 4:32-34 - “ Jesus: “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”.  


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How shall we live (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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What does the Scriptures say on "How shall we live"