Racism is being used as cover for a cultural revolution. While many people, including Christians and Christian leaders, are focused on racism, racial healing and racial reconciliation, a cultural civil war is be waged. The riots we are witnessing in the streets are not about racism. They are about a cultural Marxist revolution, a Communist insurrection and a coup against President Donald Trump. However, I am addressing the finished work of Christ concerning racial reconciliation in this blog post.
Racism is being used as cover for a cultural revolution
Racism should not exist in the life of any Christian. It is sin. However, racism is really a misnomer. Every human is part of one race of people; the human race. Then, according to scripture, there are only two races or classes of people; Jew and Gentile. More specifically, those who have been born again and are now children of God and those who are not, 2 Corinthians 5:17. As Christians we need to understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross and through His resurrection in light of this so-called racism issue.
Sin is inherent to all humanity before the born again experience. Therefore, men have prejudices and men discriminate based on a host of reasons including the color of one’s skin or ethnicity. This is a heart problem that is only rectified in Christ through repentance and forgiveness. Jesus took “every sin” (every sickness and disease too) and crucified it on the cross, Isaiah 53:4-5. Jesus defeated sin and its power. When we receive Christ and are born again we are set free from the curse of sin. If there is sin in the life of a child of God it is because we choose it and give it power over our life, like Adam and Eve did. Sinning is not a result of a sin nature because you do not have a sin nature once you are born again. It is not because the devil made you do it, he cannot make you do anything, he only suggests and deceives. Racism along with every other sin is a choice, not an inherent issue with the born again child of God. Nor is racism inherent to caucasian people as some would like for you to believe.
We need to believe Jesus and live accordingly
It seems that many Christians and Christian leaders believe the power of the cross and the shed blood of Jesus is powerful enough to deal with every sin except the sin of racism. Why do I say that? Because many keep rehashing their pain and heart wounds received from prejudice and discrimination of men. Therefore, repeating a cycle of offense and even bitterness leading to hatred from generation to generation. Then other Christians and Christian leaders keep listening to those who are wounded share their painful experiences without ever going to the cross for healing. What we take to the cross gets crucified and buried and we discover the power of the resurrection for new life! Sin is not resurrected so we can continue the cycle and keep discussing our pain from a wounded perspective. That would render the cross and blood of Christ ineffective. The resurrection is about newness of life, the abundant life Jesus said He came to give us, John 10:10!
Repentance and forgiveness are foundational and essential to Christianity. These men keep talking about reconciliation as if Jesus needs to do something else about it. They keep praying about it, holding rallies about it and having racial reconciliation meetings. They enter into an emotional tie on a soul level assuming the offense of the hurt and wounded because they haven’t sought the only healing that is possible through the blood of Christ. I have been involved in many of these same discussions, prayers and meeting for years. True healing is never accomplished, that should be obvious by now. We are talking and praying for something that Christ Jesus already accomplished for us. What we need to do is believe Jesus and live accordingly. The healing for our nation is the responsibility of the Body of Christ. However, when so many are hurt and wounded or have assumed the offense of the hurt and wounded, our nation does not heal but gets worse. Hurt and wounded people hurt and wound others because like an animal caught in a painful trap, they too are in a painful trap of offense.
Reconciliation has already been accomplished
Here is what one powerful scripture tells us about reconciliation;
Ephesians 2:11-22; Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you how formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 A ND H E CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY , AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR ; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of a God's household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
When we receive Christ we are reconciled to Him. Our responsibility is to submit to Him and renew our minds, Romans 12:1-2. Notice verse 15 above, Jew and Gentile (black, white, brown, yellow, red, etc) made into One New Man (Jesus). That is every ethnic group, young or old, rich or poor, male or female are no longer separate, excluded, far off, strangers or aliens! We become reconciled to Christ and our Father by the power of His blood! We are now fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God and His household. We are being fitted together into a holy temple in the Lord for His dwelling!
What is the answer? Repentance and forgiveness. Knowing what Jesus accomplished, believing it and living according to it so we can help a nation in crisis. Many are being blinded by race while we are losing our nation to Marxists.
My people perish for a lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6.