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For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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A Binding Faith Holds us Together
Every day I wake up in this world, I long for Heaven more. Brokenness is so evident in each social media post I read, in the aching eyes of students I walk past on campus, in the speech and debate rounds I sit through each weekend. I see it in my own sinful thoughts and actions daily. The foremost area I am seeing this brokenness right now, however, is in the way we are treating racial pain in this country.
Christian Brothers and Sisters, where is our binding faith? On Sunday morning and Wednesday night we stand and sing to a God who is peace. He is love. Yet we seem to forget to live by that peace and love when we log onto Facebook the next day. Unfortunately, our idea of this “binding faith” is often found in similar political views, how we respect a song, or ideologies about who’s lives matter.
Christians. Galatians tells us that our eternity is found in Jesus. His perfect love is what binds us together. This world is going to fade so quickly, and with it will be taken our flag, our uniforms, our identity in this world. We will however be left with our identity in Christ, and the other souls we are treating so poorly right now.
Our Salvation is found in Christ’s Righteous Clothing
At the end of the day, our citizenship is not in this world. We are to put on the righteous clothing of Jesus. I can’t help but be reminded of story after story where my Savior looked at those who were in pain and just simply loved on them. I do not believe that if Jesus were here today, He would be fighting to prove a group of hurting people wrong. By doing so, we are neglecting to put on Christ’s character. Jesus listened. Jesus loved. Jesus used the time to reveal Himself. And that is our job. We listen to the pain of those around us. We love on them with NO stipulations. We use that time to share the Gospel.
The Dividing Lines of Humanity are not Jesus’ Dividing Lines
I use to proudly taunt the phrase, “I don’t see color.” I thought that was the right thing to say. I thought by claiming those words, I could erase the notions of prejudice society has deeply conditioned me to hold.
Friends, I am married to a black man, and I still hold my purse tighter when I am on an elevator a man of color.
The dividing lines of humanity are just that: the dividing lines of humanity. Jesus is the one who does not discriminate based on race or gender. We do, and that is part of the brokenness of this world! We have to stop pretending that we do not fall into the sin of prejudice. We all do.
None of us are color blind. No one. It is biologically impossible to not see someone’s outward appearance first. When we do, we then tie our preconceived notion onto them. I am calling out my own prejudice right here in front of the world, but you better bet that I am working each day to fight that prejudice. One day, if God wills it, I will bring little brown children into this world. I pray that before that day arrives, the Church begins to recognize racism and prejudice. Repentance is first recognizing a sin then turning from it. Only when we recognize our prejudice can we begin turning from it.
If you made it to the end of this post, I want to encourage you to first, spend some time with Jesus asking Him to reveal how you show prejudice against His creation in day to day life. Then use the platform you have been given. Openly share your prejudice. Not that we would be praised as good people, but that our Father’s power would be glorified in our weakness. If you want to go really public you can comment on here, share it to Facebook, but if you want privacy, talk to a Christian friend or message me in the comments section. James 5:16 tells us that confessing to one another is a step toward healing. The brokenness in this world will not be resolved until Christ Himself returns. But by putting our part in that brokenness out for the world to see, we can demonstrate that He is the only one who will ever bring true peace.