Racism – We’re All In Christ Together – Let’s Act Like It

Racism: The ugly truth many Christians want to ignore

Anger, rage, contempt, these are not just attributes of racism, but how I feel toward racists and bigots. Often my social environment gives me pause to take a stand against it, but it shouldn’t.

“And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:10-11

The Root Cause of Racism is Ignorance

I have relatives who are mixed race, even a niece and a nephew, so I am offended first when I think of them. Then I think of my many friends I made while growing up in Everman. There were some bad in every race there, but once the school moved over 50% minority, it appeared that the minority caused more of the problems. Looking at it now, statistically it had to be that way, there were more people of minority races, so there were more bad perpetrated by them.

I thought I understood racism while I lived there. Being called “cracka”, “honky”, “marshmallow”, amongst other racially charged names gave me a unique education. There were many situations I had to fight my way out of where I was bullied by minorities.

The Solution To Racism is Love

That said I only held people’s actions against that individual. We ended up moving to Burleson and a mostly Caucasian school. I couldn’t stand some of the people there because the oozed racism. They used the n-word more loosely than they did adjectives. It hurt me to my soul. I didn’t understand that it was my soul in pain then, but I do now.

God sees no color, no race. While He may have chosen the Hebrew people to bring His son into the world, Jesus died for all. We are to love everyone and minister to everyone regardless of how we feel about them. The Holy Spirit can transform our minds to love, if we will let it.

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” – Romans 10:12

Cry Out To Jesus

Read Psalms 86

In college, our campus ministry did a program called Evangelism Explosion. We went through several days training and had a binder full of scripture and other materials.

At the end of training, we went to several houses and asked a two part question to open a dialogue.

“Are you going to Heaven? How do you know?”

The number 1 answer was, “I ain’t never killed nobody.” The number 2 answer, however, was much more disheartening.

Several people were so overwhelmed with their sin that they felt unworthy to accept God’s grace and mercy. They refused to believe or grasp that God had an unfailing love that could forgive anything they ever did.

Third Day has a song that reminds me what I wanted so desperately to tell these people.

“Cry Out To Jesus”

Just call on God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. Our God is an awesome God. He is slow to anger and quick to forgive. His love is as infinite as He is, and all he requires is a call. All anyone has to do is call on His name.

Are you ready to call? Do you know someone who needs to call?God doesn’t mind, in fact he encourages you to share his contact information.

Cry out to Jesus.

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” – Psalms 86:5

Sin

Read Matthew 12:30-32

Sin. It’s an archery term meaning to miss the mark. Jesus set the mark for us all to hit, but we are not Jesus, and even the best of us sin (Romans 3:23).

So what are we to do? Sin brings death (Romans 6:23). Are we doomed to death?

The gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). So we’re okay, right? God gave us all a gift and we can now live eternally, right?

Well, we do have to believe that Jesus was The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6).

Previously, I have stated that all sin is the same, now I tell you any sin can be forgiven, almost.

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Matthew 12:31

That’s it, you cannot disparage The Holy Spirit. Anything besides that can be forgiven. Yes, that means Heaven will have murderers, sex offenders, and thieves. It will also have nuns, priests, and saints. Anyone who has entered into The Body of Christ.

Would you really want it any other way? People complain all the time that the justice system is unfair. Either it is too lenient, or too strict. God’s justice is completely fair and the punishment has already been paid! You will be convicted of your sin, but if Jesus is your counselor, you get to walk scot free!

Freedom, not from tyranny or persecution, but freedom from the eternal consequences of sin.