Race and Your Community
This paper is to be an autobiographical research paper on my community. Contained within this paper I am to answer certain questions posed to me. I will answer those questions in my own way. Although the answers may not be satisfactory to the requirements of this course, I will answer them honestly. I believe that many will be surprised with the answers to the questions. I tend to make people think by what I write. I will admit that the community that I will write about is not the usual community. The community that I will write about is my church community.
Contained within my community are a many and diverse group of people. There is everyone from drug addicts to prostitutes, from alcoholics to homeless, from bikers to inner city youth. Then there is me. I come from an upper middle class family. We are all different. We look different, we talk different, and we act different. However, we are all the same. We are all ...view middle of the document...
Others outside of my community think that my church is terrible. They think that we associate ourselves with the down and out. Why is there a double standard in this world to those that need help. We all need help in one way or another. I have seen too many people oppressed and abandoned. I have seen people hurt by the things that are said and done by others. I have been involved in these persecutions of others. I do not like the things that I have done in the past. It was not until I really realized that through Jesus Christ, I could stop what I was doing and treat others with the respect that they deserve.
You know, it is kind of strange sometimes to sit next to someone that is an ex-drug addict, or someone who was homeless. They are the same as you and me. They have only made some decisions in their life that have had adverse reactions on their life. Through Christ and my church, we are able to help those people and make their life better.
A recent event that just occurred at my church shows that there are some leaders within the city that are on board trying to make it so people are treated equal. Just this past Saturday night we had a grand opening of our new building, The Big House. In attendance was the Governor of my state. Surprising to me, was that he prayed for our church. In attendance also was members of the press. When I returned home later and turned on the news, it was amazing to me how the press treated my church. Not one word was said about how we have lowered the crime rate in the lower income areas by 35% in the past year. How we have gone into those inner city places where those less fortunate than myself, and tried to make a difference. I find it interesting how the press skips over the things that are important. They treat us as those that most find unappealing.
Throughout my church we treat others as equals. There are no upper class, no lower class, no indigents. We are all equal in the eyes of our church, and in the eyes of God.
So in summary, I would like to say that I am proud and honored to be a part of my community. I only wish more could be the way that I am trying to be. I hope that we can make a difference, and that we can change the way this country sees others. Not as different but as the same. We are all human beings. We are the same.