Racial Reconciliation Is A Gospel Issue
“Red, brown, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight.” These lyrics, taken from a famous children’s song, aim to convey Jesus’ love for children of all races. The song points to a broader and beautiful reality of God’s design in that Jesus loves people of all races. His death, burial, and resurrection has accomplished what is required for reconciliation to God and to each other. A multi-ethnic and racially diverse people is God’s intentional creation.
Sadly, we do not always celebrate this beautiful and intentional diverse design, but rather we find evidence of oppression, division, exclusion, and disdain. Even some of the lyrics of this song can make us cringe as we hear words that now sound racist to our ears.
All these evil acts spring from the effects of sin, which we can trace all the way back to the fall in Genesis. Due to sin, what once was an intimate relationship between God and His creation, including his intimacy with Adam and Eve in the garden, was broken. Adam and Eve’s relationship with each other was also broken because of their disobedience to God in the garden. Through Adam and because of Adam, we too are born in sin and need reconciliation to God and to one another. People of every shade of skin have a great need. We need a great Savior to have right relationship with God and with each other.
Romans 3:23-24 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
The gospel is the good news that through Jesus’ death, his burial, and resurrection from the dead, we who have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory are offered the gift of salvation; we can have reconciliation with God. But the good news does not end there!
It also extends to our human relationships. We, who were once at odds with one another can also be reconciled to each other. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul addresses this very issue by expressing that Jesus has destroyed the barrier, broken down the wall of hostility which once separated Jews and Gentiles and has created one body out of the two, reconciling them to each other (Eph. 2:14-18). We can now treat one another with dignity and find true unity.
Racial Reconciliation Workshop at Verity Forum
This work of reconciliation between people of various races is what we refer to as racial reconciliation. Racial reconciliation is ultimately a gospel issue, which is why we talk about it at Verity. The good news is that Jesus has done all that is necessary for the reconciliation of people from every race to have right relationship with Him and to enjoy fellowship with others of different races. As followers of Jesus, we have hope for real and lasting change.
Perhaps you are a mother and you labor to be a good steward of what has been entrusted to you by teaching your children about Jesus. You have the wonderful privilege and opportunity to teach your children that Jesus has accomplished reconciliation, not merely between God and people, but also between one another. Imagine the impact the teaching of this message of reconciliation will have on your children, and how your children will be witnesses for the gospel, now and in the future.
On February 3, I will be teaching a workshop at Verity Forum 2018 on how racial reconciliation in the Church is at the heart of the gospel. In this workshop, we will address very commonly asked questions, such as: How does the Bible address racial reconciliation? What implications does this have for us in our everyday lives? What do I need to do to bring about Racial Reconciliation, even if I have never experienced racism? Jesus has done what is required for us to have true unity with one another. Join me in this workshop as we explore this topic in a way which will influence and impact your witness as a disciple of Jesus.