Throughout the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” it is brought to the readers attention that the characters are living in a time of much racial discrimination. In many areas of the book, the children experience the harsh reality that man does not treat even their own brothers fairly. Scout and Jem have a housekeeper named Calpurnia, that has in ways of discipline has played the role of a mother to the children after the passing of their real mother. Calpurnia is indeed black, but the children don’t think of her as any lower than them because of her color.
The children’s father, Atticus, has raised them to respect those around them, and to not judge people just because they are of a different race. Atticus is a lawyer, and in the story, takes on a black client who has been accused of harassing a white girl. The defendant, Tom Robinson, is being accused by the girl father, who claims to have seen the incident. Tom is proven innocent, yet the jury decides to proclaim him guilty. It was easier for them to blame a black man then a white man. Why is this? Man judges by outward appearances, God looks at the heart.
Because Tom was black, it was easy for the jury to accuse him of crime, it would be expected that a black man would commit a crime before a white man. And if they accused the girls father, it would make him look bad. Racial discrimination is an injustice that is not only found in the courtroom, but also in the church. Racism goes both ways, it is not only the white people who judge, but the black in return do as well. In the story, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her church, it is a “black church,” and when she brings in two white children, particular church members who are opposed to this idea.
They are stopped by a woman named Lula. She is offended that Calpurnia would bring the children to an African-American church, and insists they leave. For a minute it appears that things might get ugly, but the crowd drives Lula off and welcomes them. It seems odd to me that even in Gods house people are segrigated and judged. God speaks against discrimination in the church in Galations 3:28, saying “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
” When a man accepts Jesus into their heart, God sees him as equal with the rest of his brothers. As a church we are to love one another as Christ loves us, not judge one another because of the color of our skin. Even thought Atticus is being hated and judged for defending Tom, he continues fighting for him. Atticus’ motto is “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. ” If you don’t understand someone, how can you judge them and their intentions?
He teaches this to Scout, who learns it’s truth throughout the story. We see the quote come to life in the stories of Tom, Calpurnia, Boo, and the Cunninghams. Boo Radley is the Finch’s neighbor. It is said that he stabbed his own father in the leg with scissors as a child, was taken to an insane asylum, and when returned home, was chained to a bed and never seen again. The children find this story very intrigueing, and wish to have him come out of hiding. The rest of the town, however, speak very poorly of him.
If a person with this type of reputation walked into a church today, the hard truth is that he would get judged very quickly and harshly. Even as Christians, we can easily lose perspective of what God wants us to do. We are called to be a light unto the world, not to judge it. That is Gods job, and His job alone. Jesus did not come to earth to condemn us, but to free us. We are to do the same for others. If we see someone that is lost or in need, it is our duty as Christians to spread the gospel with them. Word count: 728