“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight that does so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Today, I am reminded that there is a “cloud of witnesses” for the race-less life, that there are those who have run it before so we do not run alone. And most importantly, there is One who runs ahead of us. His name is Jesus the Christ. We need only keep our eyes on Him and we will be able to run the distance. This is the journey of the soul, the shedding of this world’s appearance so that we might come to see ourselves more and more like Jesus Christ. The soul’s journey involves releasing this world’s social positions so that we might be able to move closer to grabbing the baton that signals that Christ is fully formed in us. We will run until then.
And we’ve got company. Ashley Montagu, a student of Franz Boas, who is considered the father of American anthropology and one who contributed greatly to the formation of the American Anthropological Association, said this of race in 1942: “It is the witchcraft our time… It is a contemporary myth… Man’s most dangerous myth.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, prophet and theologian, said this, “I set before religion and race, life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life.” Paul said to the church at Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek” (Galatians 3.28). He told the church at Colossae, “Here, there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian slave and free; but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3.11). We’ve got some catching up to do. So, run!