In Ephesians chapter two, Paul eloquently expresses that Christ has shattered the dividing wall that once stood between us. He specifically addresses the deep divisions that existed between Jews and Gentiles, divisions that caused turmoil in the churches he helped establish. Paul’s message is clear: these divisions are merely illusions and have no place in the new kingdom established by Christ Jesus.
Christian unity is a recurring theme in Paul’s teachings, and he emphasizes that all are united as one in Christ Jesus. It extends beyond the barriers that separated Jews and Gentiles; any wall that separates two groups of people is dismantled by the all-encompassing love of God.
Racism, in any form, stands in direct contradiction to the core of Christianity.
Treating others harshly due to their racial or cultural differences defies the very essence of the Gospel. Additionally, excluding someone based on such differences hinders our ability to fully comprehend the lessons God is trying to impart.
Racial isolation carries significant spiritual, political, and economic consequences. When groups of people avoid one another, those with less power and fewer members suffer the most. Unfortunately, human nature often leads to the monopolization of power and the demonization of perceived threats.
As Christians, we have a profound responsibility to take direct action against racial isolation. By doing so, we promote justice and prevent marginalization. It’s essential to recognize that Christ reveals Himself through various cultures, and avoiding any people group means missing out on the voice of God. He came not only for us but for all, and through all cultures, He reveals His divine presence.
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- Have a conversation with someone from a different culture/people group. Make listening your primary objective.
- Drive or walk through an ethnically diverse community within your city. Do this on a regular basis. Look for Jesus.
- Attend church in this ethnically diverse community once a month. It doesn’t have to be on Sunday morning. Make it happen.
- Read and/or listen to one of the recommended books below, and then share what you’ve learned with someone you trust. If you’re new to this topic, we recommend you start with Daniel Hill’s book, White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White.