Societal segregation is not inherently racist. Segregation is a natural human experience. Positive Examples:
- Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA)
- Democrat voters
- Republican voters (including me)
- Libertarian voters
- Boy Scouts (including me)
- Girl Scouts
- LULAC (including me)
- The NRA (including me)
- Sunday School and Church groupings (including me)
- Law Enforcement Officers (regardless skin color)
- The American Legion (including me)
- The ACLU
- Labor Unions
The above examples are normal, healthy aggregations of people who share a common interest. Is a church of mostly white people racist? If yes, then all churches of mostly black people are racist, as are all churches of brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking people.
We are naturally drawn to people who look like us. Period. This true for me and it is true for you, also. We are also naturally drawn to people who share common objectives.
- Black Lives Matter (BLM)
- Ku Klux Klan
- Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
- Organizing For Action (OFA)
- The ACLU
- Labor Unions
Under what circumstances is societal segregation beneficial to the general population of
a nation? The keyword lies within the question: beneficence (the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity). Beneficial segregations do no harm to other segregations. A congregation is the opposite of a segregation.
Did you notice I listed the ACLU as both a good example and a bad example of segregation? Likewise Labor Unions?
A segregated congregation is beneficent when it contributes to the betterment of a nation and malevolent when it serves to harm a nation.
How is it possible a segregation can be both a good example and a bad example? What principle factor shifts a people group from one category to the other?
My limited observations (my lifespan is somewhat less than a century) of human activities tell me the difference is the worldview of a people group. For over one-third of my life, my worldview was godless, existentialist.
For the first one-third of my life, my worldview was godless, existentialist. At a point in time, my worldview began a phenomenal reformation due to an epiphany, a revelation that left me with an unshakeable faith and an indefatigable desire to benefit my fellow man (the human individual as representing the species, without reference to sex).
This reformation is incomplete. When will it be complete? “…I am certain that God, who began the good work within [me], will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 personalized
My worldview motivates me to respect the opinions of others whose worldviews run counter to my own. It could be said, so I’ll say it, respect is evidence of love.
Don’t be paralyzed by political correctness when your association(s) come under attack If your segregated group is beneficial to the nation, starting with your community. On the other hand, if you find yourself associating with a group for which the goal is to harm others, you need to have a little talk with God and He will probably tell you to avoid evil associations.
I close with a thought on selfishness. Selfishness, like the above remarks on benevolent and malevolent segregations, is good when you seek to become a better person. In fact, the Bible indicates a benevolent selfishness is highly desirable. I refer to Mark 12:20-31 where Jesus answered a question about the greatest commandment.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Segregation is not necessarily racist. Evil desires in the heart of a man or woman are inherently racist and selfish. If you have black skin and attend a church with other black-skinned people, that’s okay. If you advocate protecting the natural rights of a particular people group, that’s always okay. Go ahead and enjoy your beneficial segregated groups guiltlessly.