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I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: X for Xenophobia [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]
Xenophobia comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos) meaning "strange, foreigner" and φόβος (phobos) meaning "fear." This is deep-rooted hatred and fear of the unfamiliar.
"I HAVE A DREAM." Who of you today is not familiar with those words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous speech years ago?
What was this "dream"? It was that one day, people would be free from racial prejudice. That is the hope of millions today. Sadly, despite some good measures, human governments cannot completely erase injustice, racism, racial intolerance nor discrimination. What can be done then? Well, it would involve curbing discriminatory acts, changing a person's thoughts/feelings towards another group and removing inherited sin and imperfection. There's also the influence of Satan the Devil whom the Bible describes as "a manslayer" who is "misleading the inhabited earth." (John 8:44, Revelation 12:9) Only the Bible has the power to change the way a person feels and thinks about others, because it is God's Word and He is not partial. (Hebrews 4:12; Acts 10:34) Second, only God's Kingdom, with Jesus Christ as king can remove sin, imperfection and ultimately Satan. God has promised to restore earth to a perfect paradise where only righteous people are to dwell. (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Revelation 20:2,3) That has always been God's purpose and we know God does not lie! (Genesis 26, 28; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful, peaceful future awaits us...free from those who are xenophobic!
*Scriptures from ~ New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
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