I was never raised to see race. Judgement based on skin was never even a thought! I was raised to love people. I was taught that God wasn’t a respecter of persons and we are all equal. I remember watching Remember the Titans when it came out and felt so happy that the war on racism between “white” and “black” was won. I thought (at the age of ten) that race wasn’t an issue anymore. I lived in that state of ignorant bliss for the majority of my life.
It seems so strange to look around and see such an awareness of race everywhere I look. Even now, at twenty-five, it all seems so unbelievable. How can it be possible that this is still a shadow in people’s minds? How is it possible that humanity still judges based on the color of the skin?
Recently something blew my mind – a Christian acting out of racism.
A racist Christian? Is that even possible? Apparently, it is.
We’ve got all this social media torrent of proud individuals waving their ethnic flags shouting, “Black lives matter” and “White lives matter” – I’m so sick of that. LIVES MATTER, period.
I am Caucasian. I’ve never looked in the mirror and thought, “I’m so proud to be white.” I’ve looked in the mirror and thought, “I’m so proud to be made in God’s image.” If Christians are getting so caught up in what man sees instead of what God sees, we’ll become trapped in a destructive state of pride. I’m totally proud of my upbringing, my heritage (European roots, huzzah), and how my family came to be in America – but I don’t identify so closely with this human identification method that I judge people based off of myself.
It’s pretty clear that all of that has no real eternal value.
Galatians 3:28, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”
This human blood of mine contains traces of Irish, Scottish, French, and German. The genetic code passed down for generations caused me to be born blonde haired and blue eyed. I like myself, how I look, the ancestry I’m a part of – I’m proud of who I am. If I’m proud of my heritage and culture, then so are other people – and they should be!
But we are not just a product of human DNA. We are not a stereotype.
God created me in His image. Like the rest of humanity, I am a creation of God. This outweighs everything. In that, we are not different. We all bleed red, we have the same organs, we breathe the same way, have the same emotions; we have dreams and desires, and we are equal in our divine uniqueness.
If you are a Christian, you should be setting the example of how to treat people. You should NEVER, EVER judge someone based on their appearance. Whether that judgement is based on their skin color, the way the dress, how they talk, or where they came from. Not even God judges based on appearance. If God doesn’t, what makes you think you have that right?
What you see in the mirror is what man sees, but what God sees is the heart. I’d rather have the right heart, than the “right” skin color. Who cares? Why do we care? Satan has an agenda. He hates us. We, who are made in God’s image, we are his enemy. Of course he’s going to try and divide us. Of course he’s going to weasel into our minds and whisper things like, “Well, stereotypes came from somewhere.” I’ve been guilty of saying that – but I realize how wrong that is. He wants to divide us on every point; from doctrine, to race, to trivial arguments that get in the way of Jesus’ plan.
1 Timothy 1:4 “…or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work–which is by faith.”
I don’t want any part of racism. I don’t want to play into Satan’s plan. I want to promote unity and love. Sadly, it looks like I have to start within the body of Christ. But if the body of Christ united – what could be possible? How could we change the landscape of the world?
Time is short. Don’t waste a moment in judgement. Spend it living out of Love. If you live out of Love, you’ll never be tripped up by petty, human differences again.
Racism is a demonic-born issue, you are born of the Spirit of God, it is not an issue for you.
Philippians 1-4“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”