Race and the Power of the Gospel

One of the greatest cultural struggles of our day revolves around race and racism. Indeed, it is the “black eye” on American history. There is no doubt that we have harmed each other over the color of our skin. There is more discussion over race in our nation than perhaps any other subject. If we are honest, we must come to the conclusion that we have not worked hard enough to develop friendships and partnerships that promote unity across ethnic lines. There is so much more that needs to be done in our lives and in the church when it comes to unity. Is there an answer? Does the gospel speak to the subject of race?

In fact, the gospel must be the starting point for any discussion of race. It is the gospel that teaches us that we are all created in the image of God. It is the gospel that teaches us of God’s love for all people, regardless of the color of their skin. Just as the gospel reconciles us to God, it makes it possible to be reconciled to one another. Does the gospel speak to racism? The answer to that question is, “YES.” Not only does it speak to racism, but it is the only answer to it.

There are no easy answers, but my prayer is that today we would understand that the gospel that we believe compels us as Christians to wrestle with these issues. Be sure that Jesus’ words apply to all of us: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37)

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