Racism keeps the people of God divided into racially separated congregations. Maintaining this separation requires that we justify the choice to worship in exclusive communities. Ultimately, I believe the struggles are largely superficial. Let me address some of the most superficial right here. Ultimately, racism lacks the love to embrace the beauty of dark skin, black features and natural hair. Yes, loving someone includes loving all that God designed them to be. God made everything good and any standard that does not embrace all beauty is not representative of a loving God. No one should ever offer an apology for their natural beauty. It it important that we love and embrace all the beauty God has richly given. It is equally important that we stand against racism when it shows up through insensitive remarks. Remarks designed to shame. Where is the spiritual maturity in that? Our children deserve to feel confident and loved in the presence of their church family. It’s time to gain some perspective and move past the superficial.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
Psalms 23: 4
Acknowledging the major superficial roadblocks is only a start. Breaking free from racial division means overcoming our fears. Fear is the one thing that we must eventually address in discussions about race. What makes us afraid of one another? Even if I can’t tell you my fears and you refuse to openly share yours with me, we must confess them to the Lord. We are walking in fear each and every day. We are not walking in fear of the Lord. We walk in fear of evil. When we walk in fear, there is no room for God in our daily lives. As long as we hold on to the fears we have, there is absolutely no place for God’s righteousness to thrive. Our relationship with Him suffers and as a result, our relationship with one another cannot flourish.
"Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
If you see yourself in this message, let me tell you, there is enough love. God's love is enough. Many times we want things to be better but we are not sure what to do or where to start. I love partnering with Christian people who want to move past hatred and fear and learn to exhibit peace and love within the church of a loving God. If you are willing to shine forth and consider the cause of others greater than your own then I invite you to contact me for more information. Reach out to me and let's get the conversation started.
Let us pray together and bond together to the glory of God.
In loving kindness,