More Jesus, Less Race

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“We have all become like one who is unclean and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.  We all fade like a leaf and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” ~ Isaiah 64.6, NRSV

You and I are never as good as we need to be, as we had hoped we were or could become.  We believe so much in our ideal self and in the possibility of perfection in others that we cannot convince ourselves to see either otherwise.  It is from this belief that we form our expectations and it is because of this belief that we are always disappointed.  Race aids in this perspective.

The racialized life is one of illusion and ignorance.  We think that we see ourselves but we do not.  We think that we know all that there is to know about humanity and our life together.  But, if all that we know is that we are socially colored black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige, then we do not know ourselves or any one else.  If all that we have come to learn about ourselves and others is what we gather from the flesh, then we will remain strangers.

It is only when we surrender to the truth that Christ alone is our example and that He is not a member or a model for this socially constructed race or that one that we will come into the knowledge of our true selves.  Christ will not join us in our hatreds or divisions as this supports identities not rooted in His love. Christ will not support our arguments for supremacy or inferiority.  He is the Savior of the world and its inhabitants, the sibling of all.  No one needs Him more or less because of their race.

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