Racial Reconciliation… “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’” Acts 22:21
The feet of Jesus are level for all races. Sin is the only explanation for one race’s sense of superiority over another. It breaks the heart of God. Jesus went way out of his way to love a racial outcast in the Samaritan woman (John 4). He was compelled by the Holy Spirit to reach out across class, cultural, and racial barriers.
In the same way and spirit, God is leading you to reach out to others different from yourself. He is calling on His disciples to be intentional in healing past hurts and serving current needs. Some will receive your sincere service, and others will question your motive. But when all is said and done, your part is to go and be a blessing, and God’s part is to facilitate trust and healing. You probably do not consider yourself a racist. That is, you do not feel or act better than another human being just because of your race.
However, to be silent or to not intentionally reach out to another culture is passive racism. It is subtle, but the same ill effects occur. The offended or disillusioned ones are still stuck in their inferior state of mind, economics, and education. It is not the role of government to figure this out. Rather, it is the mandate of the church because Christians know better. We can model the way of racial reconciliation as did Jesus and the early disciples.
Consider a weekly one-on-one study for a year with someone of a different race. Learn about their culture, history, and hurts. Indeed, racial reconciliation happens one person at a time and it happens relationally. Do not wait on someone else to come to you. You go to them. Yes, it is a little uncomfortable and yes, there will be misunderstanding. But Jesus is the standard bearer and the relational mediator. He represents all races, and He created the different races.
Let the Bible be your foundational source of racial reconciliation. Start today on a crosscultural mission. It may be someone at work or in your neighborhood. Invite their family into your home for a meal. Serve them every time you get a chance, and watch God work. Then the world will see—in technicolor—that you are truly disciples of Christ because you love one another; races will be reconciled and God will be glorified. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
Why is Christ colorblind? Who can I build a relationship with that is of a different race?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
December 8, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 8, 2019 Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 Think the best of others because this is what you expect them to think of you. Give them the same benefit of the doubt you desire. Believe that they have your [...]
December 7, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 7, 2019 The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Jeremiah 18:4 What caused the clay to spoil in the potter’s hand? And if we are meant to understand [...]
December 6, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 6, 2019 They went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop. Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill. Ezra 4:23-24 Don’t give up. You may be facing a temporary setback, but God’s purposes [...]