“Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith, for He is faithful that promised.”
Enamored by the ideals of an Israelite cult, the writer of Hebrews desires that these Jewish Christians not return to their old ways, reminding them that God is faithful to His promises. Likewise, American Christians are captivated by its culture. We, too, must be reminded of the promises of God and hold tightly to our profession of faith despite the pull of race towards social perfection.
But, in a digital world that is constantly changing and getting faster, the unchanging Word of God can seem irrelevant and out of touch for some. The fact that Jesus is the “same yesterday, today and forever,” that He “died once for all” is not new (Hebrews 13.8; Romans 6.10). Do Christians want Jesus to do update His status though the Savior of the world? God forbid. Jesus has updated the status of billions of people to believer. Jesus has the most followers and fans.
And while the world is changing, there are some things that remain the same. God is reliable and unlike our technology, does not need to be upgraded each year. God is perfect, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. And “God is not a man that He should lie neither the son of man that He should repent” (Numbers 23.19). And even when there are changes, there must be those things that are constant and dependable. God’s promises are an example of such.
Unlike race, God’s promises are facts. They are reality and they are truth. “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ” (II Corinthians 1.20). Despite all that race says about the people that it has socially colored, there are often times when its truths do not withstand the determination of humanity. And God sent His son. What has race sent for us? What of race works on our behalf? And though we believe that race was before us, what can we say of the life that it has prepared for us when compared to the plans of God? Race may make promises but race is not a promise keeper.
Unlike God, race is not dependable and its truths do not account for all realities, for example that of “bi- racial” or “multi-racial” people. Race does not have a promise for everyone. It is not omnipresent and does not watch over its promises to ensure that they are performed (Jeremiah 1.12). So, don’t hold on to race. Instead, hold fast to the profession of your faith and repeat after God.