God’s Word on Racism Should Also be Ours

God’s Word on Racism Should Also be Ours

Very rarely am I at a loss for words. The events of this past week have wrecked me. I have felt burdened with lament and grief, to the point where my words seem to escape me… and I think that’s the point.

Today, I want to remove my voice from the picture and simply fill your inbox with what God has to say about His children, racism, justice, and love. His beloved children are crying out – not a world away, not under another government ruling with an iron fist, and not a lifetime ago, but on our own streets, in our own neighborhoods today. In a conversation last week with a beautiful black friend of mine who is deeply hurting, I was given the best advice on how we, as white women, can begin to seek to understand what our friends of color are desperate for others to know. She said “First, go to God and ask Him to change your heart. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His word and ask Him to allow you to see how He feels about racial injustice. Ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. Then, listen to His voice. Once you’ve done that, then you can begin to have conversations in your home and with others.”

So that’s what I’m doing today. I’m removing my voice from the story. I’m removing my need to insert myself into the picture. I’m asking the Lord to move in me through His word. Then, I can begin the conversations that are mandatory for change, but the change must happen in my heart first. Before we begin, let’s honestly pray this prayer. Warning – if you pray this prayer honestly, you MUST be willing to be uncomfortable. You MUST be willing to be pruned. You MUST be willing to set your pride aside. The conviction is heavy, but there’s freedom, love, and beauty on the other side of realizing the enemy’s snare on our thoughts, feelings and lives – despite good intentions.

Dear Lord, reveal your heart to me through your word. Remove any pride that may keep me from seeing the world through your eyes. Prune me and renew a right spirit within me so that I may bear fruit. As I honestly seek to become more like you, may your word change me so drastically that I’m spurred to action. May I seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you – truly loving others as I love myself. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, and forgive me for the thoughts, emotions and fears I have had that reflect a broken world taking hold of my heart, instead of you. Please, Jesus, do not let me walk through this experience unchanged. Amen.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

“For God does not show favoritism.” – Romans 2:11

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”” – Genesis 1:26

“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 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 3:10-11

“To show partiality in judging is not good.” – Proverbs 24:23b

“But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.” – 1st John 2:11

“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” – Acts 10:34-35

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29

“He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.” – Acts 15:9

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?””
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”” – Luke 10:25-37

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” – James 2:1-4

“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…” – Revelation 5:9

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”” – John 4:9-10

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – Philippians 2:3-4

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” – Galatians 3:1*
*This verse knocked the breath out of me when I inserted “Americans”, “Christians”, or even my own name in instead of “Galatians”:

“You foolish Americans! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” – Galatians 3:1


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