Is There No Hope?

 Tragic divide

Will we ever see an end to racially motivated violence and injustices? Sad to say, as long as people occupy this planet, there will always be prejudice somewhere.

Can prejudice exist apart from people? Obviously not. Racism is an individual heart problem, a deeply flawed attitude, based on wrong teaching, fed by pride and ignorance, and reinforced by cultural peer pressure.

Does this mean there is no hope for improvement? Not at all.

Prevention and cure

Whenever a child is taught that all people are made in the image of God and that God is no respecter of persons, isn’t that child a lot less likely to fall into racist thinking?

But what if we have been brought up to see certain races as inferior? Prejudice is often blind to itself, and so if we have been taught wrong we must: 1) recognize our prejudice for what it is, 2) realize that prejudice is a sin, and 3) repent and learn to see people from God’s perspective.

The best solution

Is there any greater remedy for racism than the gospel of Christ? The gospel is comprehensive, affecting every aspect of our lives from the inside out. If we are truly converted, and we let God’s word teach us, racism is rooted out.

How can we maintain prejudice if we truly understand that the gospel is for ALL? It is God’s will for people of all nations and cultures to respond to the gospel.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

“. . . there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

God designed the church to be the true melting pot where race does not matter but where people do. Granted, the church has fallen far short of God’s ideal, but His ideal still stands. Thanks be to God for every congregation where all are welcome and all are sought.

For this to happen, each of us as individuals must conform our attitudes to the mind of Christ.

He is Lord of all.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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Folks Like Me

Birds of a feather . . . .

People are attracted to churches made up of those of similar background—racially, socially, educationally, economically.

This is certainly natural and understandable.

However . . . .


A different perspective

The first-century church included Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, even slaves and free, and God expected them all to be “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 KJV; Colossians 3:11).

The better we get to know people unlike ourselves, the more we overcome our own prejudices, born from pride and ignorance.

We learn to love people who, though different from us, have been redeemed by Jesus’ blood, just as we have.

What an impact this can make on unbelievers as they observe Christians of varied backgrounds, worshiping and working together in harmony!

Only a very powerful dynamic could explain that!

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