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Race and the Cross

Race, by far, is the most divisive element in our culture today. Race is being used to divide people and keep them divided, in order to achieve an agenda driven by the father of lies. There is no question that slavery was an unfortunate historical fact that stained our past and set a course in our country where now race has become the most important part of a person’s life. Who I am is defined by my race. I love this quote by the niece of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on race:

We will never solve the problem of racism until we do what my Uncle Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said to do. We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools. Acts 17:26 teaches us that we are one blood, one human race. We are not divided into separate races by skin color; that is ethnicity, not race. Looking for divisive markers according to skin color breeds racism. There is one critical race, the one-blood human race. ~Alveda King

This is what is missing in our society today … a correct view on race. It appears to me that when we have a wrong emphasis on anything, it ultimately becomes the main emphasis. For example, if we have a wrong emphasis on the pandemic, it will lead us into fear … not away from fear. The emphasis has been about keeping your distance, masking up, and isolating. The greater emphasis should be on personal health and learning how not to live in fear, how to exercise, how to eat right, and developing a healthier body and mind. The virus wants to find a host and living in fear lowers your resistance to all kinds of emotional conditions. Mary D. Moller, PhD, states that fear can affect us in numerous ways.

The potential effects of chronic fear on emotional health include:

· Dissociation from self

· Unable to have loving feelings

· Learned helplessness

· Phobic anxiety

· Mood swings

· Obsessive-compulsive thoughts

The potential consequences of chronic fear on environmental health include:

· Continued living in fear-generating situations due to uncertainty of moving out and unknown associated dangers

· Not able to find safe housing

· Afraid to leave home because of paranoia

The potential consequences of chronic fear on spiritual health:

· Bitterness/fear toward God or others

· Confusion/disgust with God or religion

· Loss of trust in God and/or clergy

· Waiting for God to fix it

· Despair related to perceived loss of spirituality

Lastly, Moller explained that fear affects the ability to learn.

Race has a similar effect upon us because the emphasis of race is primarily about perception and is often based upon fear. We often fear what we don't understand … race falls into that category. We don’t understand race because the emphasis has been all wrong. The emphasis has been on the inequity between the races, and not upon the creation itself. God doesn’t make mistakes … He never has. Creation reflects God’s handiwork. We know that all people from all races are created in His image, and it is in this creation that we are one human race and one people.

Those who use race to further an agenda are evil because they have found a way to promote the social justice of race and exploit it for money and recognition. You cannot make money from issues that promote peace … only the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

As Christians, one of our causes is to expose evil when we find it in ourselves (confession), in government (protest), or in society (speak against).

Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

The idea of race has become an evil, a profitable source for unscrupulous people who have no sense of God’s perspective. They have become what Romans 1: 29-31 says: they are people of the flesh full of themselves and their agenda of destruction. The flesh divides us, but the spirit brings us together. In 2 Timothy, we read the same kind of description: the flesh divides because the sins of the flesh have a foundation of loving self. Race is about the flesh and all the sins associated with it. We will never overcome the issues of race until we change direction from division, and focus on what brings us together in unity. Here is what Scripture says about how it’s done:

Galatians 5 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Verse 24 is how race is seen in Scripture. Race and the sins of the flesh need to be brought to the Cross. It is the Cross where flesh is traded for a Savior.

Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler

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