Racism and the Gospel
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands…” Revelation 7:9
Racism is defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” As much as social justice has prevailed in many cases by the grace of God, this type of discrimination has been a mindset of many, and it has been used in many outlets of the media. Call it entertainment or not, they coax the fire of hatred that burns in the hearts of men and women towards their fellow man. Does this hatred exist still, even after years of fighting for peace? Yes. Unless man has made peace with God, they cannot truly have peace with one another. They will continue to walk in darkness (1 John 2:11).
Mankind is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and one of the many effects of sin is how we view one another as fellow image bearers. We are to treat one another with respect and dignity. Whatever race we are, we are made that race by our Creator to display His wisdom and glory. Racism has no place in the Church and no preeminence between those who call themselves disciples of Christ (Galatians 3:28).
The Gospel brings men back to their sole purpose for existence – to know God and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent (John 17:3). The Gospel turns hearts back to follow the good and perfect commands of the Lord (Jeremiah 31:33). And the Gospel aids us, by the power of the Spirit, to love our neighbor as ourselves, which is the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). The real answer to racism is the Gospel. The real solution is Jesus Christ. We must speak out against injustice, and call it what it is. But in doing so, let us call man to see the greatest injustice we have done – we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and peace cannot be obtained until we are made right through the Prince of it.
Lord, our society grows darker and the wickedness of man seems to grow more apparent as time goes on. Help us to know that the true way to have peace is to have it with You first. May Your Gospel be first on our lips, with love and mercy in our tone. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Pray for our country and our world. Pray that God’s kingdom come and His will be done.