Before we do anything else, let us remember why racism has absolutely no place in our worldview as followers of Christ. Simply this: Humans are of one essence. And this is demonstrated in Scripture in at least 4 different ways:
1. Every human is created in the image of God
- Gen 1:26-27 – Let us make mankind in our image and after our likeness…
- Acts 17:26 – and he made from one man every nation to live on the face of the earth.
2. Every Christian is justified by the blood of Christ on the cross
- 1 Tim 2:5-6 – for there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for us all.
- Gal 3:28-29 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
- Eph 2:13ff – But now, in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. He himself is our peace who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.
- John 3:16 – For God so loved the World that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
3. Every Christian is incorporated into one body by one Spirit
- Acts 2:17 (Joel 2) – And in the last days it shall be, God declares that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…
- Eph 4:4f – There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and in all.
- Eph 2:18 – For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father (Jews & Gentiles)
4. Every Christian will worship together around the throne for eternity
- Rev 7:9 – And I looked and saw a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.
I forget exactly who first laid these 4 facts out so clearly. At our human core, we share the same essence. The core of God’s purposes for humanity holds this truth: There is one race of creatures in His image: the Human Race.
Moreover, Christians—African-American, White, Hispanic, Asian, African, Native American, Arab, Slavic—are one in Christ.
In light of the unfolding events in Charlottesville, take to heart this truth. Hold it dearly, so that it changes your outlook: whether you look at the news or at the person across the street.
We weep with Charlottesville, we weep for the sins humans foist on others. And we pray for the Prince of Peace to bring forgiveness and reconciliation. He’s the only one who can.
He brings it by changed hearts, your heart and mine, as we face up to our own sinfulness and receive His great grace.
As John Newton, the former slave ship captain turned pastor, said two centuries ago: Although my memory is fading, two things I remember clearly: I am a great sinner, and He is a great Savior.
Oh how we need these truths to change lives today.