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Core 52 Chapter 40 - God's Solution to Racism

As I turned to the chapter for this week to read prior to writing this blog, I literally (in all seriousness, no emoji necessary!) LAUGHED OUT LOUD!  I laughed at God’s timing in life.  How amazing is it to know that God works even in the details of our church’s reading program to schedule us to begin 40 weeks ago so that at this time we would have this chapter to read and use as a source of wisdom and discernment with the Word of God!  Now that we’ve all enjoyed the unexplainable providence of God, let’s get into this week’s topic!

Racism. Such an ugly word.  Such a misunderstood word. Such an ignored word.  A word that has caused division since the days after the flood. A word that has led to unfair treatment – physically, emotionally, financially, culturally and more – to so many different people groups around the world. As Americans, we tend to focus on the ugliness of racism related to African-Americans because of its relevance to our daily lives and interactions, but it is an incessant evil running rampant all around the world.  It happens in Africa as anyone who knows the stories of the atrocities of Rwanda (Tutsis and Hutus) can attest. It happens in India, both within the caste system on Hinduism and outside of it based solely on the shade of your skin color. It has happened within Native American tribes towards each other. It happens even to an extent among the various Caucasian races. History is full of battles between people groups fighting over both national political borders and also cultural diversity.  In the end, the ultimate drive behind many of these conflicts is racism – the simple misbelief that one person or people group is more valuable or meaningful than another. The result is often bloodshed, disenfranchisement, mistreatment, socio-economic consequences and more. Even in the biblical accounts of the Old Testament we witness the mistreatment of others based on race. I could go on and on about the history and background of Samaria and how Samaritans came about and how Jews felt about them, but I’ll save that for another day.  At the end of all this is a simple observation. Racism is a sin; a sin rooted deeply in the hearts of sinful man.

God’s plan is for people of every nation to come together under the name of Christ and bring glory and honor to God on His throne.  This cannot be done if anyone operates under the worldview of self-exaltation over those around them.  That would be in direct contrast to the hopes and desires of our Savior and Lord Jesus. It will not be resolved by ourselves. We cannot put our hope in the hearts of man.

We can also see how the constructs of man have not had much success, if any, in alleviating the after effects and consequences of racism.  Laws can be passed, mandates declared, legislation implemented and yet the end result still lies in the hands of those who choose to engage in the sinful practices of racism. As Mr. Moore stated, “It has become apparent that racial reconciliation will not be brought about through government programs, humanistic propaganda, sensitivity training, or integrated education.” We cannot put our hope in the laws of man.

While the hearts and laws of man may fail us in this dilemma, there is a solution like none other with a success rate of 100%. When practiced with full obedience, it has always resulted in change and healing. The one thing we can put our hope in and the one thing that can heal our sinful hearts from racism is the love of Christ.

The only solution is Christ. I don’t mean that in some churchy/preachy/evangelical sorta of usage. What I mean is all of us need to understand fully the concept of completely giving our lives to Christ and diligently submitting our lives to His discipleship and His moral compass.  What I mean is we need to examine ourselves not through our own eyes and perspective, but through the eyes of Christ, who sees the innermost ugliest part of our hearts and still loves us enough to try and bring about change and healing.  Begin by asking yourself tough questions, as if it were Jesus sitting across from you asking them.  Answer them as if you were literally answering them to Jesus as he was sitting across from you.

Stop hiding behind a false sense of innocence and start taking a hard look into the mirror. Look at your life and the reflection it gives off.  Does it reflect selfless love – to all? Does it reflect selfless service – to all? Does it reflect honest confession – to all? Does it reflect forgiveness – to all? Until you see Jesus, your job is incomplete.

Do some reflection today and take the first step to improve your willingness and ability to reflect Christ in all you do.  The only way the sin of racism stops is if we each work harder to be more like Christ every day in every way.

Pete Ramsey