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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Oct 15, 2020

Episode Summary:

  • Nelson Mandela said “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
  • Today we’re going to have a bit of a different episode. I’ve invited a friend to join me on the program to talk about hope for overcoming racism. Christina Custodio and I recently sat down over a three hour lunch and had a very honest, open dialogue about the issue of racism, and what we can do to be more sensitive to the pain and insults received by our brothers and sisters of a different race.

Quotables from the episode:

  • When someone is hurting, don’t brush it off or try to mitigate it, rather express that you believe them.
  • You may not have experienced racism but you can express “I don’t understand but I want to.”
  • For us to heal from racism, we must offer forgiveness even when it’s not asked for.
  • Christ offered love and forgiveness for ALL, despite skin color, nationality, or cultural bias.

Scripture References:

  • Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
  • Colossians 3:11 “There is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”
  • Acts 10:34 To summarize: “God shows no partiality.”=
  • Romans 10:12 “There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.”
  • John 3:16 His grace is universal: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

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Christina Custodio is a wife, mother, teacher, writer, photographer, and whatever the Lord asks her to be from day to day.  She is an inspirational speaker and writer who shares her own story as well as inspires her audience to share their stories, connecting and becoming a part of the community of Christ.

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson