By Bryan Fischer
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In the wake of the eminently just verdict in the George
Zimmerman trial, wingers on the left are issuing their tired call for another
“conversation” about race.
Speaking for myself, I have had it up to here with the
conversation about race. We have talked that issue to death. In fact, the more
we talk about it, the worse the racial atmosphere in America gets. We keep this
up, we’ll turn ourselves into an utterly balkanized country with no resemblance
to the Founders vision of a united culture with a set of transcendent values at
We need to terminate the conversation about race with
extreme prejudice, if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase, and start a national
conversation about character instead.
This is the only way to fulfill the dream of Martin Luther
King, Jr., who famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will
one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their
skin, but by the content of their character.”
Notice, by the way, that Rev. King did not fall for the
sophomoric pabulum that we are not to pass judgment on others. He invited
others to pass judgment on his own children. In fact, he dreamed of the day
when they would be judged. But his dream was that judgment would be based on
character and not skin color.
If we have any hope of realizing Rev. King’s noble dream,
it’s time to make character the issue and just stop talking about race
The bottom line is that what mattered to Dr. King, and all
that should matter to us, is the color of a man’s heart and not the color of
I fully agree with Dr. King that it’s time to
unapologetically affirm the truth that while skin color counts for nothing,
character counts for everything. Every man should rightly be held to account
for his actions and his behavior, because those are the things that reveal
character. As a wise man once said, “You will recognize them by their fruits,”
because a healthy tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces diseased
Now if we going to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of a color-blind
but character-based society, we must have a transcendent standard of character
and conduct by which to measure the conduct of men. A standard that applies to
all men in every place at every station in life, including public office. That
standard is found in the commandments that God gave to Moses on the mount.
Here are the central questions that count in measuring a
man’s character. Does he worship and serve the true and living God as revealed
in the Scriptures? Does he show reverence for that God by refusing to use his
name in vulgar and profane ways? If he worships a counterfeit God and freely
uses profanity, he fails the character test.
Does he show honor and respect for his own parents, and for
the sacred institution of the nuclear family, rooted in the marriage of one man
to one woman? Is he faithful to his own wife, and does he support raising the
standard of marital commitment in public policy? Does he believe that sexual
expression should be reserved exclusively for the marriage relationship between
a husband and wife? If he does not, he fails the character test.
Does he believe in the sanctity of human life and not only
refrain from taking innocent life himself, but work to protect innocent life
from the moment of concept to the end of natural life? If he supports the
destruction of human life in the womb, he fails the character test.
Does he not only refuse to take what does not belong to him,
whether through outright theft or government corruption, but does he work to
prevent the legalized theft government commits through the involuntary transfer
Does not he not only tell the truth himself, but hold
others, including public servants, to the standard of truth, especially when
testifying under oath? Will he pursue legal redress against any witness or
public official who lies after taking an oath in the name of God to tell the
Let’s realize Dr. King’s dream and have done with this
constant, depressing, and anger-inducing talk about race. It’s time to elevate
the conversation and make it about the things that matter.
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)