Zero Toleration of Racism or Regionalism for God’s Family


Differently the same“ . . . For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

–Ephesians 2:14 NIV

With the increase of immigrants–legal and illegal–into our nation, with the spread of Neo-Nazism, vigilantism, and the rise of separatist churches, the body of Christ needs to address racism.  Not that there is anything wrong with having national borders. God himself established nations and borders.

   “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.” (Deuteronomy 32:8, ESV)

But the discerning see Satan moving–in the upswing of Neo-Nazis and skinhead racist activities and in the south in black churches where white people are not welcome and in white churches where black believers are unwelcome.  We see him at work spitting in the face of a Mexican migrant in Texas. As a result, we must be thoughtful about how WE–the Family of God–will respond, when Puerto Ricans, Chinese,  Mexicans, Liberians, or African-Americans begin to attend our lifegroups, worship, and Celebrations.

One Blood

Have you come to realize that, as believers, we no longer are to consider Hispanic, Latino, African-American, or Caucasian blood?  Instead, we see only the blood of Jesus that has reconciled our lives through His blood shed for us and has joined us  to one another through salvation, symbolized as we partake together at the Lord’s Table. So that we are of one blood in the body of Christ. The wall of partition has been broken down.  What a profound thought.

The text above tells us that Christ has “destroyed the barrier.” That is, the barrier in our hearts against others.

When we of many colors and backgrounds gather around the cup of the Lord, we proclaim His death for us all and “drink His blood” (symbolically). In that blood, the nations have been reconciled into ONE family, ONE nation, ONE household in Christ Jesus. You and I are no longer separated by blood. We belong to Him and to one another. Here is no room for prejudice or retribution, anger or vengeance, only thanks-giving.

Zero Toleration In the Churches

In the churches, Father-God wants to bring people from all the Nations into our midst.  We must not tolerate racism or regionalism in ourselves. Your growth in spiritual life requires that you begin to see from God’s perspective (2 Cor. 5:15-16).  You are not your own, you’ve been joined to a new community, a new family (Eph. 2:19-22), a family of the nations.

God wants you to see other born-again Christians as a part of your very own body (1 Cor. 12), no matter what their color or national origin.  As for our enemies, we are to learn to love those who oppose us. As a matter of fact, who do you have more in common with: your white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant neighbor, who bullies his wife and kids, drinks until drunk, and shouts profanities out his window until 2am, or a born-again, Spirit-filled Iraqi or Iranian? In Christ, there is no room for racism.

Are You Connected to Him?

Let’s remember that the precious shedding of Jesus’ blood, connected you to God and to His children . . . ALL His children.  Your future is a life in community, not as white or black or yellow, but as an obedient disciple and a child of a multicultural Family.  Blood counts, but only the Blood of Jesus.  Join me in creating a welcoming, Kingdom-fellowship, the Oikos (household) of God to the Nations (Eph.2:19).

2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Marcy's Walk and commented:

    This is my husband’s recent blog post. It’s one I feel should be read by all followers of Christ Jesus. Romans 12:4 says that “in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (NIV) We need to care about all of God’s created beings, but particularly those who form the body of Christ; He has one body, not many little bodies. We need to accept and learn to enjoy ethnic, racial and cultural differences of the various parts of the complete body of Christ.

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  2. Reblogged this on jeannie's Cross Road and commented:
    Amen!

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