Race Relations Reminders

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Race Relations Reminders

Dear Friend,

This past week we have again seen played out the continuing racial divide of our nation. This divide has hit closer to home for me because my son is police officer.

Today I want to remind you of some points I made a few weeks ago in a sermon entitled, "Race, Racism and Reconciliation."

First, the Bible teaches that we are all one race, the human race.

This is the starting point for building bridges across the chasms that divide our communities.

The opening words of the Bible tell us that we are all created in God's image.

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:27)

That means:

We are all family. Since we are all the children of Adam and Eve, there is really only one race-the human race.

The Apostle Paul said, He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth. (Acts 17:26)

Human rights come from God. Your dignity does not come from the shape of your eyes, the shade of your skin, or the color of your passport.

Our physical and cultural traits are nothing compared to the glory of God's image in us. The glory and dignity of being human is that God created us in His image.

And this means that the way you treat another human being matters.

Job was a wealthy, powerful man-one of the 1%. Listen to him reflect on his responsibility to others:

If I have rejected the cause of my
manservant or my maidservant,
when they brought a complaint against
me, what then shall I do when God
rises up?
When he makes inquiry, what shall I
answer him?
Did not he who made me in the womb
make him?
And did not one fashion us in the
womb?
(Job 31:13-15)

God made each one of us, and will hold us accountable for the way we treat one another.

Yet we are still divided. The reason for that division is sin. And this is one reason why we need Jesus. Jesus is the one Savior who joins us back together as one.

He himself is our peace, who has made
us both one and has broken down in
his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.
(Ephesians 2:14)

The peace and unity we long for comes through Jesus. Only Jesus can bridge the canyons of hurt and anger and mistrust that separate us.

The gospel has power to heal communities. Jesus is the Prince of Peace who unites black and white and Asian and Hispanic and Native American as one people.

He died on the cross to atone for the sins of human beings from all corners of the globe.

In fact, the elders in heaven worship Jesus for the ethnic and cultural diversity of the church.

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to
open its seals, for you were slain, and
by your blood you ransomed people for
God from every tribe and language and
people and nation.
(Revelation 5:9-10)

We will worship Jesus in heaven for the unity he creates out of many skin tones, cultures, and languages. That vision of Jesus' glory-worshiped by all peoples-should capture our hearts.

And if we long for the Christ-honoring, ethnically-diverse worship of heaven, we should long for and work for Christ-honoring ethnic diversity on earth.

In the light of His glory and grace,

Pastor Doug