Read: “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (NLT)
Reflect: Racism has managed to rear its ugly head back into the national discourse and conscience of our country in a way that is creating incredibly divisive rancor and animosity amongst ourselves.
I’m an American first, Asian by ethnicity. My wife is from a long blood line of Irish immigrants. We have witnessed a new epidemic of everything from name calling to threats over the color of her skin. I’ve experienced accusations of tainting my heritage by being in a biracial marriage with a white person (emphasis on white). It’s not white people who are saying and doing these things. It’s the “everyone else,” if you will. But, I will not lament on how this may have or does make my wife or I feel. Why? Because Galatians 3:28 tells us we are all one in Christ Jesus. That unity is what I choose to focus on, not the division that some work hard to create.
We are overcome with hope, because God has created beauty through our individual selves and the humanity of others in ways we could never comprehend. Malcolm X said, “I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.” We have found that being accountable and being active are ways we boldly overcome racism and keep believing in human beings, even when we encounter ugliness flowing out of someone’s suffering heart.
React: See racism for what it is—sin. See hope for what it is, a path for overcoming sin.
Pray: God, give me strength and courage to confront the pain of racism by sharing your message of hope and restoration. That with you, many will be overcome with hope.