Title - To love a racist neighbour

Its interesting that in a country such as Australia where pre-colonization was inhabited by Indigenous Aboriginal people and continually so, and in a suburb high in Polynesian & other ethnic populations, that we should awake to posters about Nazi Germany and white supremacy peering in to our back yard: Our family who are Greek, Maori, Asian with German Australian blood.

It had to happen sooner or later didn’t it? Why not now when the world is at war on ‘terror’.

Sure, a prayer was needed on my part to call on the powers of Heaven so I could walk outside with a laundry basket and pop the coloreds in the wash. But while I prayed a little voice came to my mind, it said:

…Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them — 2 Kings 16:16

Now a little background on this scripture, it is taken from Old Testament in a time when a servant of the King of Syria (the ‘bad guy’) advised him how Elisha the Prophet through the power of God told the King of Israel (the ‘good guy’) everything he (the King of Syria /  bad guy) said in his bed chamber concerning their decisions in war against Israel. The King of Syria then sent an army of horses and chariots to surround the city Dothan where Elisha and his servant were, and when the servant of Elisha woke somewhat perturbed by the sight (understatement of the last few thousand years), this is the response that Elisha gave him, and then the servants eyes were opened to view a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire from above sent to protect them.

It is sad that we live in a world where greed and hate tear nations and families apart. In my ignorance I like many other millions of people in the world thought that ‘it will never happen here’. Well guess what? This is where it starts: metaphorically speaking for every man woman or child who ever lived, ‘right in our own back yard. ‘

We will not retaliate. We will not post multi cultural ethnic power posters in our windows so that he can see. We will continue to be kind, we will still say “good morning” when we see him and his wife, we might even send them a cake & Christmas card during the festive season. We will not have our actions dictated by fear. Regardless how much abuse or how many threats he hurls over the fence at our children, it is his fear that dictates his actions, not ours.