I’m sure you are wondering what in the world I could possibly be talking about here. Well, it may not be a soothing social justice blog about how us African- American people are terribly oppressed in this white America we find ourselves living in, nor is it a post about how America is the worst place on earth. It’s simply about how, when it comes to faith and our actions as a human being, race has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Ephesians 2:11-16 talks about the reconciliation of the Jews and the Gentiles by Jesus in that time saying, ” Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
Another wonderful example of how we need the love and help from God to do most anything, and when we experience the benefits of following Him and learning from Him, we see how insufficient we can be. I often get bored of hearing people say, “let’s have a dialogue about it” or “let’s start the conversation” when we never really get anywhere with the conversation or the dialogue. Now I am certainly not against someone wanting to share about a real life racist encounter that they had, those situations should be handled with care and swiftness to find a solution, but very little gets accomplished when we sit in groups and discuss what we don’t like about the other race.
Instead I suggest that we begin to literally open up the word of God and see what the true problem is. The problem isn’t white people, the problem isn’t black people, the problem isn’t white privilege, the problem isn’t “the system”, the problem is our hearts. As you can see in the scripture I added, it took help from God to tear down those dividing walls that kept the Jews and Gentiles from enjoying and maintaining peace and equality. Jesus didn’t say, “Okay I want you all to meet at the river and have the conversation.” He literally went and died on a cross so I could look at someone that’s a different color or creed than me with the love of God in my heart. So I could bear my brother and sister’s burdens in times of need, and during worship I can join hands with a fellow believer and worship the same God who unifies us all.
You will not find any of Jesus’ words to say, “Oh black people, you don’t have to like or love any white people and it’s okay to hold hate in your heart against them because of what they did to your ancestors.” Or, “oh white people, favored of God and man, I want you to remember that other races are beneath you and you have every right to belittle them.”
Sorry friends, that’s not what it says in my bible!
We are to love one another with the love of God, to forgive each other and to uphold and uplift one another when they are down. When you follow God there is no excuse for holding hate in your heart towards anyone for any reason. So that’s why I say race has nothing to do with it. If you walk down the street and someone throws a rock at you and yells out a racial slur, sure that was a racially charged incident but if you take out the race card and go deep into that person’s heart you will find hate, and the symptom of that sin is racism.
Take a young girl who calls another girl fat and ugly, sure she had no right to say those things but you look at her heart and you’ll find pride and possibly wickedness, her words were just a symptom of the sin.
So I say again, race has nothing to do with it.
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