Reflections on why we malign each other

I was enraged this morning by back-to-back stories on the news: a noose hung in DC's African-American museum and the N-word graffitied on the entrance to LeBron's home. The flesh of man is so insecure and the heart so wicked that we will malign other races, religions, parties, and people groups of any kind whom we can see as "other" in a sad attempt to make ourselves feel superior, and a little more secure.

As I reflect now, the truth is that I shouldn't be shocked. Scripture explains that "from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts." "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick." Yet, "while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" that we may "put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander."  -Pearce Godwin