Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is believe. After being victimized by racism, prejudice or stereotypes, it is hard to imagine a world where this could not happen again and again. But during this Holy Week, I am reminded of the power of love, Christ’s love and I believe that we “can do all thing through Christ” (Philippians 4.13). With that, I believe that Christ can do all things.
Becoming raceless in a racist society would, in fact, be a miracle. But, if Jesus could do it for blind Bartimaeus, for the woman with the issue of blood, for Zacchaeus and for Lazarus, then surely He can do it for me. In fact, it is my constant prayer and heart’s meditation: “Lord, make me raceless. Lord, make me raceless.” It is a prayer for support of the new life offered in Christ to His disciples. I want to be made new, unstained by the world’s prejudices. But, I don’t just have faith that Christ can do it for me but for all who trust in Him.
Like Paul, I am convinced that neither the social construct of race nor the social coloring of skin, neither prejudice nor stereotypes, neither America’s racial past or its future bent on the continuance of the same, nor any color and its social power, neither black nor white, neither red nor yellow, neither brown nor beige, nor anything that society has created will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.