As people, all made in the image of God, we grieve over the horrendous events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. The idea that any race is superior contradicts the entirety of Scripture.
God extends His free gift of eternal life to anyone, anywhere, without respect to a person’s race, language, or nationality. He wants us to share His Son with the same spirit—an attitude that knows no prejudice.
Three things are important to realize as we accomplish this goal:
1. Recognize that God celebrates diversity as something beautiful. The book of revelation gives us a glimpse of that at the end of all things:
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9–10).
Since this is a picture of where we are headed, shouldn’t our outreach, fellowship, and worship NOW reflect this picture?
2. Remember that “whoever” means “whoever.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
When Christ died on the cross, He died for all and desires all people to be saved (see 2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Tim. 2:4). There is no one outside of His love. The more we grow in Christlikeness the more no one will be outside ours either. Before the cross, we all stand on level ground.
3. Reconcile and co-labor in the gospel with other believers who come from different cultures and backgrounds. Unity is one of the greatest witnesses we have in sharing the love of Christ. Jesus prayed in John 17:
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
The truth is that Sunday morning is still the most segregated day of the week. It is time for us to get out of our comfort zones and actively pray for and seek racial reconciliation and repent of our own racist tendencies in our thoughts and actions.
Perhaps this is one of the areas where true revival and reformation begins. And it starts with you and me.