One word is the modern translation of the Bible word “sin.” The new word is “racism”
In the Bible, one word “sin” describes anything wrong that people might do. We have ten commandments, and many other warnings, and the offence is always against God. If we hurt other people, we are offending the God who made them, and loves them. There are many ways to hurt other people.
The hyper concern for racism makes one offence really matter, while other things might get overlooked. For example, it’s possible to be extreme and violent if the other person can be accused of racism. The U.S. Air Force Academy had a strong reaction to crude racist messages on their campus, and then investigators learned that one of the victims wrote the messages. The incident might be described as a stunt, but the possibility of racism required a severe correction.
I believe our concern for racism is in part based on the economy. A younger generation is struggling and does not have enough opportunities. It is easy for them to believe that some people have an advantage because of their race. The children in some families get more of the pie.
Scientists tried an experiment where monkeys were treated unfairly:
Apparently, monkeys want their rights, and they don’t like unfairness. People are the same; we feel the economy shrinking, with smaller opportunities for a happy life. It is painful to see that some people have an advantage.
A few years ago, I worked as a trainer for a bus company. My favorite machines were the large and expensive motor coaches that were used to move tourists, and workers, and sports teams. They cost more than a million dollars each, and I always enjoyed driving them.
The other common vehicles were yellow school buses. Every day a driver would phone in sick, and every day I was the substitute driver for school children. That was less fun than million-dollar motor coaches.
Once, for several days, I drove a bus for children learning English in an elementary school.
One day, I noticed that one girl was arranging the seating for everyone. She appointed herself to be the boss who told everyone where to sit. The children with dark skin were confined to one section of the bus, away from the children with light skin. Those dark skinned African children looked very unhappy and the white kids had plenty of room to stretch out. I didn’t expect that, and I was shocked.
I could have reported this to the school, instead, I talked to the girl and sent the children back to their correct seats. I made it clear that this would never happen again. I was the large adult on the bus, and they listened; we never had that problem again.
A child was doing something wrong, and I corrected the childish behaviour, but some SJWs would have blown it out of proportion.
For me, as a Christian, the warning was clear “A perverse person stirs up conflict” (Proverbs 16: 28). I did not want to be one of those people. We needed a solution to human behavior, or sin. We found a solution among us, and everything went back to normal.
In the news, it is easy to see people perversely stirring up conflict, but I don’t see many people trying to solve our problems. The solution to racism is not new, it has been with us for thousands of years. God help us to learn this truth:
Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2: 2 to 4)