Race Identification

As Christians, who are we identifying with?
It is sad to see many Christians and Christian leaders in our nation support Black Lives Matter. Their name is purposely misleading. Maybe Christians are giving support out of ignorance, I hope so. Either way they are still giving support to an anti-American agenda. Black Lives Matter, the organization, doesn’t care about black lives they just hope you believe they do. They are on a mission to disband the police and destroy this nation. They are in partnership with Antifa and other anti-American groups funded by George Soros. One of the hottest most divisive arguments they can use for their purposes is race, because it works. The rioting happening in our nation is not about race, they just want you to think it is. Antifa is a ruthless, cruel and brutal Communist group that wants to destroy this great nation and they are behind these riots. Many people, including popular Christian leaders, are falling for the lie that it is about race and equality. It is not! These groups desire to subjugate the populace and it is happening right now. The Body of Christ can be the change agent and many are supporting the groups and movements that will bring the destruction Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the like, are hoping for. Christianity in America has strayed from Scripture and from God in many ways. Our only hope is to return and begin living according to Kingdom. Forgiveness and truth. Forgiveness requires we do not continue to use past wounds to cause division.

Here is an excerpt from my book, “Now Who Are You?”

Many people, even children of God, identify with their ethnicity more than their new identity in Christ. They associate more with being Caucasian, African American, Asian, Chinese, Native American or Hispanic, etc., than they do with being God’s son or daughter.

I resist using the word “race” to differentiate between ethnicities because scientists have concluded that all humans belong to one race, the human race. Therefore, it is incorrect to delineate the different ethnicities as separate races even though it is very common to do so. Regardless of the color of our skin, the origin of our birth, rich or poor, or whether we have disabilities, every human being has been created in the image of God according to His likeness. Therefore, every human being has value and worth!

How often did Jesus identify Himself as a Jew? Not once!

If we constantly focus on our differences, we will always see ourselves as different and separate from others. This does not create unity but disunity. It also leads to thinking we are better than some and worse than others. How often did Jesus identify Himself as a Jew? Not once! Jesus never identified Himself by His natural ethnicity. His identity was tied to His identity was tied to His Father, not to His earthly stepfather Joseph. Jesus never self-identified with being a step son. I am not saying we should ignore our ethnicity or ignore our family heritage. Rather, as followers of Christ, we are exhorted in scripture not to recognize one another by the flesh (natural) any longer. This would also include ourselves.

Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh
(natural); even though we have known Christ according to the flesh (natural), yet now we know Him in this way no longer, 2 Corinthians 5:16 (parenthesis added)

A major area of identification for many Christians is with Adam. The name Adam means man or mankind, which is fitting since he was the first human created by God. Adam and his wife, Eve, disobeyed God by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God told Adam beforehand that if he ate from that tree, he would surely die. Death is a perversion of life, a corruption of God’s creation.

Many Christians identify with Adam, a sin nature

The curse of death is now an existence separated from the life of God (zoe is the Greek word meaning the life of God. It is the same quality of life that Jesus experienced). Jesus referred to this as the abundant life (zoe) in John 10:10. Therefore, all men must be born from above (born again) to escape this curse of death and receive the zoe, life of God. This gives us a new identity recreated in God’s image.

We associate Adam with a fallen, sinful nature. We tend to identify with sin and disobedience—conditions we associate with Adam—more than we do with the righteousness and wholeness that our new Christ-like nature represents. This is because of some popular teachings in the Body of Christ that have led us to develop an incorrect belief system, making us more sin conscious than God or righteousness conscious. The new birth in Christ severs us from the grip that the corruption of this world has on us and restores to us the life of God! This is a very powerful effect that the new birth in Christ has on us when we understand it, renew our mind and begin to walk in its truth and reality. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us that we partake of the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world. Wow!

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust, 2 Peter 1:4.

Our only hope is to return to Christ, the Living Word. Read that last scripture again, “become partakers of the divine nature”, “having escaped the corruption that is in this world by lust”.

Joe Nicola

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