“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” – A. W. Tozer
Close your eyes for just a minute as if you are getting ready to pray. Before you open your mind or your mouth to pray, what do you perceive God to be?
What is He like? Is He warm, welcoming, smiling? Or is he distant, cold, and impersonal with principles you are supposed to follow?
Is He a lot like one of your parents who made you feel like no matter what you did, you could never measure up? Or is He laid-back, saying “Hey whatever, just do whatever”?
While we are all Americans, our citizenship as Christ followers reflects an ultimate allegiance to the King and His Kingdom (Philippians 3:20). As Stanly Hauerwas once said, “Christians must resist racism as Christians, not as Americans.” The Scriptures speak clearly to the fact that, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 NASB).
No human being is superior or inferior to another. All human beings, no matter their ethnic origin, are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and are of sacred worth.
Any person who professes the name of Christ and has a racist heart needs to repent.