Christians believe in a God who speaks. But, God does not repeat what has been said. God speaks new things because God does new things. In like manner, God does not repeat people; none of us are a copy of another and despite society’s attempts to collect and categorize us because we “look alike,” none of us are the same. Each of us is a new and different word spoken by God.
Our God speaks words that did not exist in order to create things that never before existed– people, places, animals, vegetation, bodies of water, worlds, moons and stars: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind of God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1.1-3). Because God said it, it is and it must be.
Without a blue print, a business meeting, an executive board or a vote, God creates. God need only open His mouth. And once God says it, nothing can be said to undo it.
We also do not serve a God who is antisocial, a divine recluse, inaudible or inaccessible. No, we serve a God who inclines his ear to us, who looks low, who leans down, who listens out for us. The psalmist says, “I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live” (Psalm 116.1-2).
Well, I believe the Lord is listening to what I say and this is my prayer today: Lord, deliver me from race and its progeny. Show me how to live outside of its control. Allow me to see You, myself and others without its prejudicial lens. In Christ’s name, I submit this prayer. Amen.
Why don’t you help me to call on God and call this post- racial world into existence. I am speaking those things that are not as though they were, a new thing, a new people and vision (Romans 4.17). I will not repeat the words and subsequent lives of others. I am speaking post- racially.