You can’t call yourself a Christian and be a racist too!
“… a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…”
We are living in difficult times; facing things that we thought were resolved generations ago. It seems that our country is lacking moral clarity on so many issues. That is due, largely, to the fact that the voice of moral clarity has been silent. I cannot remain silent on the hot topics of our generation. We must speak up for love, truth and freedom. It is impossible to declare we love people – and yet, not stand up for the marginalized or ignored. And yes, speak to the issues of our day. Racism is still an issue.
Over the last several days we have pondered the recent events and the responses of pastors, elected officials and leaders. Some we cheered on with support and others, left us perplexed. It is sad to see the state of our country when it comes to race issues. We, as a people, are better than what we have seen in recent behavior, rhetoric and response. Mary and I stand with all people. We embrace diversity, celebrate unity and oppose racial supremacy. No race is greater than any other. We are all God’s children – “red, yellow, black and white.” It disturbs me to see anyone hate someone based solely on their race. It is unacceptable. It is unChristian. We don’t get it. We won’t sit silent.
We embrace diversity, celebrate unity and oppose racial supremacy.
When the church assembles in Heaven there will be people from every nation, every tribe, every people group and every language (Revelation 7:9). We are committed to leading a church that reflects Heaven – and that means we desire to be diverse. We do not seek uniformity but we are pursuing unity. Heaven will be made up of every nationality. Scripture declares, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us” (Colossians 3:11). It does not matter your skin tone to God or to us. God resides in every created person. When we trivialize one ethnicity, we are minimizing God’s Spirit in them. Romans 2:11 reveals, “God does not show favoritism.”
May we never ignore the hurts of those around us.
The church should be a place where all are welcomed, loved and valued. May we never turn a blind eye to injustice, hate or racism. May we never ignore the hurts of those around us. Our church will be a place where “every nation, tribe, people and language” will be celebrated! Yes, racism exists in our nation, but it should never be tolerated by people of faith! We must stand against all hatred and prejudice. We must not sit by silent. We must use our voice, our platform for moral clarity. Even when other leaders fumble the ball on moral issues – we will stand strong.
Mary and I will continue to love all and serve all. It makes no difference to us – love simply loves. The most famous verse in all of human history says, “For God so loved the world …” (John 3:16). We love everyone. We welcome everyone. You can’t call yourself a Christian and be a racist too. Christian-Racist is an anti-biblical concept. It cannot exist. You cannot be both. If you hate or minimize someone because of their race you cannot be a Christian. Period.
God created diversity. We will celebrate it!
We are grateful to have friends of all races in our lives. It makes life so much better. We would not have it any other way. For God so loved all … pretty simple. God knew what He was doing. He created diversity. We will celebrate it.