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  • ♪[dramatic theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • "I can't breathe."
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  • "Black lives matter."
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  • "No justice, no peace."
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  • Racism has become a big,global issue in recent times.
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  • But, of course,racism isn't a new issue.
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  • We're going to look togetherat some of what the Bible says
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  • about racism.
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  • We'll see that God hasplenty to say on the subject.
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  • In fact, there's a well-knownBible story that speaks directly
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  • to the subject of racism.
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  • Now, it's usually told to makeanother point altogether,
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  • but we'll look at it, and we'llsee what God wants us to see.
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  • The deaths of African-Americans
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  • during interactions withlaw enforcement officials
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  • have shone a bright light
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  • on the much larger andwider problem of racism.
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  • In the United States,racism goes back a long way,
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  • as do protests about racism.
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  • In the early 1990s,Los Angeles erupted in riots
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  • after the acquittal offour white police officers
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  • who'd been caught on film
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  • beating a black motoristnamed Rodney King.
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  • But of course, we can go backmuch further than that.
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  • The discussion about racismis much larger than incidents
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  • involving lawenforcement officials.
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  • Jim Crow laws were local andstate statutes that enshrined
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  • racist practices in law,
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  • and they existed inthe United States
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  • all the way up to the 1960s.
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  • African-Americans wereprevented from voting,
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  • from staying at or eatingin certain establishments.
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  • There were separatedrinking fountains,
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  • separate waiting rooms,separate dining rooms,
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  • and so much more.
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  • Even churches practicedthat kind of discrimination.
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  • Rosa Parks took a stand againstracism when she refused
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  • to stand and give up her seaton a segregated bus.
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  • Groups like the Ku Klux Klan
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  • have flourished inthe United States.
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  • Simply a racist terror group,trafficking in fear,
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  • injury, and death.
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  • Now, we must be carefulnot to think that racism
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  • is only confined toblack-white issues.
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  • Immigrants from Ireland,Poland, and Italy
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  • were frequently the targetsof bitter racism in America.
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  • Racist episodes concerningJews continue to occur.
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  • The treatment ofNative Americans
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  • was monumentally racist.
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  • The Trail of Tears wasjust one example of this:
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  • the forced removal of thousandsof Indians, who were taken
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  • off their ancestralhomelands in the Southeast
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  • and marched almost athousand miles to Oklahoma.
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  • Slavery stands outas the national sin
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  • for the United States,
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  • the high-water markfor hate and racism.
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  • The vast majority ofthe racial problems
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  • in the United States today stemback to the sin of slavery,
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  • which existed in this countryfor hundreds of years
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  • until the ratification of the13th Amendment in 1865.
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  • In the grand scheme of things,that's not very long ago.
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  • But let's look alittle more broadly.
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  • Slavery existed in Great Britainfor hundreds of years,
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  • up until the 12th century.
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  • And Britain was deeply involvedin the international slave trade
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  • from around 1640 to 1807.
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  • Around 3 million slaveswere trafficked by Britain.
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  • While exact numbersaren't easy to find,
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  • it's generally believed thatbetween almost 400.000
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  • and 600.000 Africans wereenslaved in the United States.
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  • Brazil had slaveryfor hundreds of years
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  • before the practicewas ended in 1888.
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  • By then, it's said thatclose to 5 million people
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  • had been enslaved in Brazil,by far the greatest number
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  • of slaves that cameto the Americas.
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  • The German Nazi governmentendeavored to eliminate
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  • an entire race of people.
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  • Millions perished.
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  • Australia's handling of itsaboriginal peoples was,
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  • for many years,shockingly racist.
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  • But what's less oftenmentioned is that
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  • the Australian government had anofficial White Australia policy
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  • that didn't come toan end until 1973.
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  • It aimed to do just whatit sounds like it would do:
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  • keep non-whites fromemigrating to Australia.
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  • Slavery was practiced bynative New Zealanders
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  • before white settlers arrived--who confiscated native lands
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  • and themselves practicedvarious forms of discrimination.
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  • In Fiji, there have been suchtensions between native Fijians
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  • and immigrants from India thatpolitical coups were staged
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  • in an attempt tocounter Indian influence.
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  • And, of course, this isjust the tip of the iceberg.
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  • Look back even further.
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  • Slavery existed during thetime of the Roman Empire.
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  • Passages of the Bible reflectthat slavery was common
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  • during Bible times.
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  • And racism continues today.
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  • Search for a definitionof racism online
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  • and you'll findsomething like this:
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  • "prejudice, discrimination,or antagonism directed against
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  • "a person or people on thebasis of their membership
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  • "of a particularracial or ethnic group,
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  • typically one that is aminority or marginalized."
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  • Now, in Jesus' day,there was a lot of racism,
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  • and it was deep,and it was bitter.
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  • Jesus was surrounded by racistsduring His time on earth.
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  • There was deep racialhatred in His country
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  • and in His community.
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  • Some of His closest friends,those in His inner circle,
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  • were deeply racist.
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  • It wouldn't be an exaggerationto say that the 12 disciples
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  • of Jesus could easily havebeen called the 12 racists.
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  • There was an entire peoplegroup that they loathed.
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  • Now, my guess is that someone'sgoing to say that this was
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  • merely religious discrimination,but it was much more than that.
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  • Let's look at this together.
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  • We'll start in Luke 9,and this is verse 51:
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  • "Now it came to pass,when the time had come
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  • "for Him to be received up,
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  • "that He steadfastly setHis face to go to Jerusalem,
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  • "and sent messengersbefore His face.
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  • "And as they went, they entereda village of the Samaritans,
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  • to prepare for Him."
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  • Jesus was travelingfrom Galilee,
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  • where He'd beenborn and raised,
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  • to Jerusalem.
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  • He would die on the crossin about six months.
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  • Jews traveling from Galileeto Jerusalem would often go
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  • the long way around.
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  • They'd travel east and thengo south towards Jerusalem
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  • on the far side ofthe Jordan River.
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  • It was a lot of extra traveling,
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  • but that way they would avoidthe Samaritans, who they hated.
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  • The Samaritans may have beendescendants of the 10
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  • northern tribes which went intocaptivity around 722 B.C.
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  • They claimed toworship the true God.
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  • But there'd always beenanimosity between the Samaritans
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  • and the Jews.
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  • The Samaritans had built theirown temple on Mount Gerizim.
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  • So when James and Johnarrive in a Samaritan village,
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  • you might not expectthings to go well.
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  • They didn't.
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  • I'll show you thatin just a moment.
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  • ♪[music swells and ends]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanksfor joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • We're talking aboutJesus and racism.
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  • Jesus was travelingfrom Galilee to Jerusalem.
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  • If He was going to travelby the direct route,
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  • He'd have to travelthrough the heart of Samaria,
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  • and the Jews and Samaritanswere sworn enemies.
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  • He sent James and John upahead to prepare things.
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  • Luke 9:53,
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  • "But they did not receive Him,
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  • "because His face was setfor the journey to Jerusalem.
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  • "And when His disciplesJames and John saw this,
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  • "they said, 'Lord, do You wantus to command fire to come down
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  • from heaven and consume them,just as Elijah did?'"
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  • Now, it's worth taking our timeto make sure we really get this.
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  • There was James--and John,who wrote the Gospel of John;
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  • First, Second, and Third John;and the book of Revelation.
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  • He's described in the Bibleas the disciple Jesus loved.
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  • And these two, two of thethree closest to Jesus,
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  • ask Jesus if He wants themto call fire down from heaven
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  • and burn up everyone inthe Samaritan village.
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  • No wonder James and John werecalled "the Sons of Thunder."
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  • The Samaritans didn't want Jesusand His followers around
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  • simply because they were Jews
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  • and they were going toworship in Jerusalem.
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  • This was sectarian hatred,
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  • like Northern Irelandduring the Troubles
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  • or like rival street gangsin a major city.
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  • "Let's burn them up!"
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  • Now, think about that.
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  • But Jesus "turnedand rebuked them,
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  • "and said, 'You do not knowwhat manner of spirt you are of.
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  • "'For the Son of Man did notcome to destroy men's lives
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  • but to save them.' And theywent to another village."
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  • "You know not what mannerof spirit you are of."
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  • The spirt that promoteshatred based on race
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  • is the spirit of the devil.
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  • Jesus was clear.
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  • And we're going to seethis get even clearer.
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  • In Luke 10, thevery next chapter,
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  • Jesus shares a parable,saying in verse 30,
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  • "A certain man went downfrom Jerusalem to Jericho,
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  • "and fell among thieves, whostripped him of his clothing,
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  • [wounding] him, and departed,leaving him half dead."
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  • Both a priest and a Levitepassed the man by
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  • and failed to help him,refused to help him.
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  • He was Jewish.
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  • The priest and the Levitewouldn't even help
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  • one of their own.
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  • But then, Jesus said,"a certain Samaritan,
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  • "as he journeyed,came where he was.
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  • "And when he saw him,he had compassion.
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  • "So he went to him andbandaged his wounds,
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  • "pouring on oil and wine; andhe set him on his own animal,
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  • brought him to an inn,and took care of him."
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  • Now, this was a big deal:
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  • a Samaritan helping a Jew,going so far as to say,
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  • "Take care of him; andwhatever more you spend,
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  • when I come again,I will repay you."
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  • Jesus was impressingon His followers:
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  • Accept all people.Everyone is your neighbor.
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  • In some of His very lastwords to His disciples,
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  • after His death,in fact, Jesus said,
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  • "But you shall receive power
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  • "when the Holy Spirithas come upon you;
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  • and you shall be witnessesto me in Jerusalem,
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  • and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the end of the earth."
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  • Notice that?
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  • Take the gospel to Jerusalem,and all Judea, and Samaria.
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  • No nationalistic distinctions.
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  • Racism in their hearts wouldhave made it impossible for them
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  • to share salvation withpeople different to themselves.
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  • When it came time to sharethe gospel with the world,
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  • well, the disciples were goingto have a major impediment.
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  • That impediment was racism.
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  • So Jesus gave a spectacularvision for the singular purpose
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  • of rooting racism out ofthe hearts of His followers.
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  • It seems that most peoplemiss the real meaning
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  • of this teaching.
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  • It's very often misinterpreted.
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  • So let's look at this.
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  • It's crystal clear, andit's the racism-killer.
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  • The men Jesus left to lead theChristian church were racist.
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  • That group included Peter, andPeter was a tough nut to crack.
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  • You'll remember that Peteronce cut a man's ear off.
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  • Now, you might say,
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  • "He was simply a productof his generation."
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  • You might say that his attitudeswere simply environmental.
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  • Now, you can makeany excuse you want,
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  • but the fact isPeter was a racist.
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  • Now, that was normalin that society,
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  • and it was culturallyacceptable.
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  • But it wasn't acceptable to God.
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  • Let's look at how Godgot through to Peter
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  • and to the rest of the earlychurch to convince them
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  • that racism should not be a partof their modus operandi.
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  • We'll look in Acts 10at a passage of the Bible
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  • that is often misinterpreted.
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  • "There was a...man inCaesarea called Cornelius,
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  • "a centurion of what wascalled the Italian Regiment,
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  • "a devout man and one who fearedGod with all his household,
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  • "who gave almsgenerously to the people,
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  • and prayed to God always."
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  • Even one of this man's soldiersis described as "devout."
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  • But, Cornelius was a gentile.
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  • He was a Romancitizen, not a Jew.
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  • So in the eyes of peoplelike Peter, he was the enemy,
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  • an outsider; in fact, Corneliuswas considered unclean.
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  • Verse 3:
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  • "About the ninth hour of the dayhe saw clearly in a vision
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  • "an angel of God coming inand saying to him, 'Cornelius!'
  • 00:14:06.961 --> 00:14:11.299
  • "And when he observed him,he was afraid, and said,
  • 00:14:11.332 --> 00:14:14.068
  • "'What is it, lord?'
  • 00:14:14.101 --> 00:14:15.369
  • "So he said to him, 'Yourprayers and your alms
  • 00:14:15.403 --> 00:14:18.272
  • "'have come up fora memorial before God.
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  • "'Now send men to Joppa,
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  • "'and send for Simonwhose surname is Peter.
  • 00:14:23.544 --> 00:14:26.881
  • "'He is lodging withSimon, a tanner,
  • 00:14:26.914 --> 00:14:28.916
  • "'whose house is by the sea.
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  • He will tell youwhat you must do.'"
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  • Cornelius was a sincerefollower of God.
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  • But there were somereal gaps in his knowledge
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  • and in his experience.
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  • He needed to know more,
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  • and Peter was justthe man to tell him.
  • 00:14:41.696 --> 00:14:44.899
  • But Peter, a Jew,
  • 00:14:44.932 --> 00:14:47.401
  • no way would Peter ever goand tell a gentile about Jesus--
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  • or about anything else.
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  • And you've got to have apretty hard edge about you
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  • to have such animositytowards someone
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  • that you wouldn't eventell him about Jesus.
  • 00:14:57.678 --> 00:15:00.214
  • So Cornelius sends twoservants and a soldier,
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  • and they set out to find Peter,who was about 35 miles
  • 00:15:03.317 --> 00:15:06.253
  • south of them, straight downthe Mediterranean coast.
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  • When they arrived in Joppa,it was around lunchtime,
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  • and Peter was praying upon the roof of the home.
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  • The Bible says thathe was very hungry,
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  • and that while the mealwas being prepared,
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  • "he fell into a trance,"and he had a vision.
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  • So what did this have to dowith racism?
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  • Well, the answer to thatis...everything.
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  • And that's coming up.
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  • -John Bradshaw:God wanted to root racism
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  • out of the early church.
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  • To do so, He gavea vision to Peter
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  • that would radicallychange the church.
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  • Peter "saw heaven opened andan object like a great sheet
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  • "bound at the four corners,
  • 00:16:29.203 --> 00:16:30.938
  • "descending to himand let down to the earth.
  • 00:16:30.971 --> 00:16:33.874
  • "In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth,
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  • "wild beasts, creeping things,and birds of the air.
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  • And a voice came to him,'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'"
  • 00:16:40.981 --> 00:16:46.587
  • Now, this wasshocking for Peter.
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  • As a Jew, there was no way hewould eat an unclean animal.
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  • Now, the Passover lambwas considered clean,
  • 00:16:51.992 --> 00:16:54.695
  • but pigs and camels and horsesand rabbits and tigers
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  • and elephants andhippopotami, and so on--
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  • no way, never.
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  • They were unclean.
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  • Peter wouldn't eat a frog oran oyster or an eel or a possum
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  • or a crab or a catfishfor the same reason.
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  • But here's God telling him torise, kill the unclean animals,
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  • and eat them.
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  • "But Peter said, 'Not so, Lord!
  • 00:17:21.689 --> 00:17:24.191
  • "For I have never eatenanything common or unclean.'
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  • "And a voice spoke to himagain the second time,
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  • "'What God has cleansedyou must not call common.'
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  • "This was done three times.
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  • And the object was taken upinto heaven again."
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  • Peter didn't understandwhy God would tell him
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  • to eat unclean animals.
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  • Verse 17 says,
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  • "Now while Peter wonderedwithin himself what this vision
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  • "which he had seen meant,behold, the men who had been
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  • "sent from Cornelius had madeinquiry for Simon's house,
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  • "and stood before the gate.
  • 00:17:57.758 --> 00:17:58.792
  • "And they called andasked whether Simon,
  • 00:17:58.826 --> 00:18:01.028
  • "whose surname was Peter,was lodging there.
  • 00:18:01.061 --> 00:18:03.764
  • "While Peter thought about thevision, the Spirit said to him,
  • 00:18:03.797 --> 00:18:07.168
  • "'Behold, three menare seeking you.
  • 00:18:07.201 --> 00:18:10.271
  • "'Arise therefore, go down andgo with them, doubting nothing;
  • 00:18:10.304 --> 00:18:15.543
  • for I have sent them.'"
  • 00:18:15.576 --> 00:18:17.211
  • Now, notice, the vision wasgiven to Peter three times,
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  • and that's because three menwere there to see him.
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  • God was using this visionto tell Peter it was okay
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  • to go with the three gentiles.
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  • When he got to thehome of Cornelius,
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  • Peter interpretedthis whole thing for us
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  • when he said in verse 28,
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  • "You know how unlawfulit is for a Jewish man
  • 00:18:36.797 --> 00:18:40.601
  • "to keep company with or go toone of another nation.
  • 00:18:40.634 --> 00:18:45.773
  • "But God has shown me thatI should not call any man
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  • common or unclean."
  • 00:18:50.511 --> 00:18:53.280
  • Now, we saw that together.
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  • Often, all you hear about thispassage is that God said
  • 00:18:55.082 --> 00:18:57.384
  • it was okay to eatpork and lobster.
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  • But that's not whatGod's saying here at all.
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  • "I should not callany man," Peter said,
  • 00:19:02.856 --> 00:19:06.060
  • "common or unclean."
  • 00:19:06.093 --> 00:19:07.695
  • If you're not sure about that,just look six verses later:
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  • "Then Peter openedhis mouth and said:
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  • "'In truth I perceive thatGod shows no partiality.
  • 00:19:14.902 --> 00:19:19.807
  • "'But in every nationwhoever fears Him
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  • and works righteousnessis accepted by Him.'"
  • 00:19:22.943 --> 00:19:26.847
  • Now, this passage has nothingwhatsoever to do with food.
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  • It has to do with racism.
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  • Don't think thatthis wasn't huge.
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  • The next chapter, Acts 11,starts by saying,
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  • "Now the apostles and brethrenwho were in Judea heard
  • 00:19:38.592 --> 00:19:41.528
  • "that the Gentiles had alsoreceived the word of God.
  • 00:19:41.562 --> 00:19:44.231
  • "And when Petercame up to Jerusalem,
  • 00:19:44.265 --> 00:19:46.233
  • "those of the circumcisioncontended with him, saying,
  • 00:19:46.267 --> 00:19:49.503
  • 'You went in to uncircumcisedmen and ate with them!'"
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  • Peter was in trouble.
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  • So he told them about thevision he received three times,
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  • how three men wereat the door for him,
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  • how he went with them, howCornelius and others spoke
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  • with other tongues as the HolySpirit descended upon them.
  • 00:20:04.518 --> 00:20:08.422
  • "When they heard these thingsthey became silent;
  • 00:20:08.455 --> 00:20:11.358
  • "and they glorified God, saying,
  • 00:20:11.392 --> 00:20:14.194
  • "'Then God has alsogranted to the Gentiles
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  • repentance to life.'"
  • 00:20:17.898 --> 00:20:19.933
  • And in chapter 15,
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  • Peter refers to this thing againat the Jerusalem Council,
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  • where the church officiallyrecognized that gentiles
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  • may receive the gospeland be part of the church.
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  • We've come a long waysince then, haven't we?
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  • Have we?
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  • In Acts 17, Paul said thatGod "has made from one blood
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  • every nation of men to dwellon all the face of the earth."
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  • That person that you'retempted to despise,
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  • owing to the color of their skinor the shape of their eyes
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  • or the accent thatthey speak with,
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  • you're related to that person.
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  • We're all thedescendants of Adam--
  • 00:20:57.571 --> 00:21:00.407
  • actually, of Noah.
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  • Humanity is one.
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  • Hatred on racial grounds is--
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  • it's senseless, and itisn't Christian.
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  • Jesus said, "You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself."
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  • And look at what John wrote.
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  • Remember, this is the man whowanted to burn up a village
  • 00:21:20.160 --> 00:21:22.863
  • full of people.
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  • First John 2, verse 11:
  • 00:21:24.064 --> 00:21:26.033
  • "But he who hates hisbrother is in darkness
  • 00:21:26.066 --> 00:21:30.170
  • "and walks in darkness, and doesnot know where he is going,
  • 00:21:30.204 --> 00:21:34.541
  • because the darknesshas blinded his eyes."
  • 00:21:34.575 --> 00:21:38.412
  • Chapter 3, verse 15:
  • 00:21:38.445 --> 00:21:40.247
  • "Whoever hates his brotheris a murderer,
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:43.951
  • "and you know that no murderer
  • 00:21:43.984 --> 00:21:45.786
  • has eternal lifeabiding in him."
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  • Jesus one day meta woman at a well.
  • 00:21:50.724 --> 00:21:54.661
  • She had a...colorfulsort of past.
  • 00:21:54.695 --> 00:22:00.000
  • As Jesus talkedwith her, she said,
  • 00:22:00.033 --> 00:22:02.302
  • "'How is it that You, beinga Jew, ask a drink from me,
  • 00:22:02.336 --> 00:22:08.308
  • a Samaritan woman?'
  • 00:22:08.342 --> 00:22:10.544
  • For Jews have no dealingswith [the] Samaritans."
  • 00:22:10.577 --> 00:22:14.448
  • But after she realizes thatshe has encountered the Messiah,
  • 00:22:14.481 --> 00:22:19.086
  • she runs to the city,and she says,
  • 00:22:19.119 --> 00:22:21.722
  • "Come, see a Man who told meall things that I ever did.
  • 00:22:21.755 --> 00:22:27.694
  • Could this be the Christ?"
  • 00:22:27.728 --> 00:22:30.364
  • When she met Him,Jesus was "a Jew."
  • 00:22:30.397 --> 00:22:34.601
  • When her heart had beenchanged, He was "a Man."
  • 00:22:34.635 --> 00:22:39.373
  • Racial distinctiondidn't matter to her anymore.
  • 00:22:39.406 --> 00:22:44.178
  • So how is it with you?
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  • If there's prejudice inyour heart towards others
  • 00:22:46.146 --> 00:22:48.582
  • based on race, God wantsto work with you on that.
  • 00:22:48.615 --> 00:22:53.587
  • When Jesus comes into yourheart, racism disappears.
  • 00:22:53.620 --> 00:22:58.225
  • If racism hasn't disappeared,
  • 00:22:58.258 --> 00:22:59.927
  • then this is a spiritualproblem for you.
  • 00:22:59.960 --> 00:23:03.864
  • The history of the worldis littered with examples
  • 00:23:03.897 --> 00:23:06.099
  • of hate and injustice carriedout in the name of race.
  • 00:23:06.133 --> 00:23:11.004
  • But that's not God's way.
  • 00:23:11.038 --> 00:23:14.341
  • Can I ask you to ask Godto search your heart
  • 00:23:14.374 --> 00:23:20.080
  • and work in your lifeand remove anything
  • 00:23:20.113 --> 00:23:24.284
  • that shouldn't be there?
  • 00:23:24.318 --> 00:23:26.253
  • Racism is a spiritual issue,a spiritual problem.
  • 00:23:26.286 --> 00:23:30.190
  • The solution forracism is Jesus.
  • 00:23:30.224 --> 00:23:34.294
  • Jesus died on the cross togive you and me a new heart.
  • 00:23:34.328 --> 00:23:39.199
  • You know that "God so lovedthe world, that He gave
  • 00:23:39.233 --> 00:23:42.202
  • His only begotten Son, thatwhosoever believeth in Him"--
  • 00:23:42.236 --> 00:23:46.273
  • black, white, brown, andeverything in between--
  • 00:23:46.306 --> 00:23:51.712
  • "should not perish, buthave everlasting life."
  • 00:23:51.745 --> 00:23:56.116
  • Jesus said this:
  • 00:23:56.149 --> 00:23:58.252
  • "By this all will know thatyou are my disciples,
  • 00:23:58.285 --> 00:24:02.890
  • if you have lovefor one another."
  • 00:24:02.923 --> 00:24:05.959
  • That's John 13:35.
  • 00:24:05.993 --> 00:24:08.262
  • And when He said"for one another,"
  • 00:24:08.295 --> 00:24:11.265
  • He meant "for everyone."
  • 00:24:11.298 --> 00:24:14.868
  • Jesus died for you.He died for all.
  • 00:24:14.902 --> 00:24:18.372
  • And He died to make you newand give you hope.
  • 00:24:18.405 --> 00:24:22.442
  • Do you have hopein Jesus right now?
  • 00:24:22.476 --> 00:24:24.711
  • You know, He can changethe hardest heart.
  • 00:24:24.745 --> 00:24:27.514
  • He can removethe heaviest guilt.
  • 00:24:27.548 --> 00:24:30.183
  • He can remake themost broken heart.
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  • If you've never done so,give it all to God.
  • 00:24:33.820 --> 00:24:37.691
  • Give Him your heart.
  • 00:24:37.724 --> 00:24:39.426
  • Let Him lift you up.
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  • And on that daywhen Jesus returns,
  • 00:24:41.862 --> 00:24:44.131
  • He will take you upto be with Him forever.
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  • -John: Thank you forremembering that It Is Written
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  • -John Bradshaw:Let's pray together now.
  • 00:25:20.901 --> 00:25:22.869
  • Our Father in heaven,today we turn to You
  • 00:25:22.903 --> 00:25:25.305
  • and ask You to removeout of our hearts
  • 00:25:25.339 --> 00:25:27.407
  • anything thatshould not be there.
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  • And we thank You thatYour Spirit is so powerful
  • 00:25:29.776 --> 00:25:32.079
  • that You can do just that.
  • 00:25:32.112 --> 00:25:34.615
  • Today as we have discussedJesus and racism,
  • 00:25:34.648 --> 00:25:37.618
  • we might have been reminded thatit is within every one of us
  • 00:25:37.651 --> 00:25:41.455
  • to hate on the basis of race.
  • 00:25:41.488 --> 00:25:44.024
  • It's within every one of usto treat others as inferior
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  • based on race.
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  • It's within every one of us tomanifest distrust and malice
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  • based simply on race.
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  • Lord, we've got to bebetter than that.
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  • And You can do somethingin our lives to take away
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  • that kind of attitude.
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  • Friend, as Godspeaks to your heart,
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  • is racism an issue with you?
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  • Can you pray and ask God,
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  • "Lord, take it away,and let me love everyone
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  • as You love everyone"?
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  • Well, friend, maybethere's something else,
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  • some deep-seated sin.
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  • There might be something elsethat you're hanging on to,
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  • or that is hanging on to you,and today you need to say,
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  • "Lord Jesus, take it away.
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  • "Heavenly Father, take my heart.
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  • "Forgive me of my sins.
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  • "Create in me a clean heart.
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  • Renew a right spirit within me."
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  • We look to the Jesuswho died on the cross
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  • and thank You that one day
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  • He will return in theclouds of heaven.
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  • Until then, keep us, we pray,
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  • and we thank You,in Jesus' name,
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  • amen.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward toseeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[dramatic theme music]♪
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