For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
~ Galatians 5:13‭-‬15 ESV

When we discuss things like race and equality, a number ideas tend to come to people’s minds. Some are negative notions, and some very gospel centered ones. I will attempt to make some sense of some of the extreme aspects of racism briefly on both sides of the ditch, and attempt to reconcile these with the only remedy, the gospel.

Racial issues effects all people groups, ethnicities, social customs, and colors. Typically, it affects our dialouge, our mannerisms, and our responses toward those whom we dialouge with. I see two extremes, and I know this will be hard to process for some, but hear what I DO say, not what I am not implying. I have 3 major, yet brief points on how racism affects two different ditches.

1. We assume racial issues don’t exist anymore because we act as if there doesn’t need to be any dialouge about the past at all.

This one is tough for me. Growing up in the heart of the South, in Mississippi, I have seen white racism firsthand. Our former generations typically catch a bad wrap because of blatant racial attitudes toward our non-white friends. This is a problem that shouldn’t exist. Of course, we live in a day and age where the Jim Crow Laws are completely eradicated, but some of the skirmishes and remnant still exists. This wasn’t too long ago. Our churches are still segregated for the most part. Our homes in many ways. Our personal lives to a great degree. Phrases like “you just need to get over it,” or “that is in the past” typically are met with much disdain from many of my friends and coworkers of color. Assuming that a pass is allowed for some of the things that happened in our history is plain foolish. Understanding how detremental our past behavior is, is critical, in a manner of speaking, to not only relive some of our past idiocities and moraly bankrupt behavior with respect to white kinism and racist behavior. We will be doomed to repeat if we dont understand first…

2. Not all members of a particular color group are racist, and we need to have a sense of grace to those particular people when they miss it.

Okay. I’m going to be frank here and real. One people group doesn’t hold the key and get a pass on racial tendancies. All groups of people have prejudices and issues with the other. We, as the human race, are depraved with sin based on the fall. There must be a sense of grace extended by Christian people of color to whites who truly want reconciliation with a people group. Sometimes my white brothers and sisters simply dont know HOW to respond culturally, and we need to communicate social issues with brevity and seasoned with salt to one another. (Col. 4:6).

3. The gospel trancends any color, race, or creed, and we must be reconciled to Christ and one another.

Here is remedy for issues of race. It is ONLY the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. Not seminars on social justice and inequality. Not quick fix conversations about the past. Not white guilt and privelage blame game, and racial slurs about welfare, and the parent state. We must love our neighbor. Galatians 5:13-15 is good place to start in respect to Christian practice within this issue:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Galatians 5:13‭-‬15 ESV

This is the ministry of reconcilliation. Im not saying it will be easy, or not painful, but this is the Biblical way. The social Marxist move to some form of cultural appropriation of racial equality will fail. It has no lense of scriptual gospel to draw from. The gospel of reconciliation is the ONLY way to reoncile the Body of Christ from its separated manners to its pure glory in Christ. Unified as one.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 18-21 ESV

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:22‭-‬24 ESV

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 and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26‭-‬28 ESV

Paul’s language in Galatians denotes the idea of service as the body, and not of many colors, creeds, or races. The people of God should have no issues with the way in which we worship with, interact with, or serve people of other colors and ethnicities within a Christian construct and worldview. The fact that this is an issue shows we really dont grasp fully the gospel implications of reconciliation. We must repent of our apathy to one another, as well as our false accusation. Only clinging to Christ for any hope of justice, mercy, and any form of true reconciliation. He is our only perfect example. Forgive us all Lord, for not running to the gospel, and making idols out of color.

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