We have a new name

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.  It is the only true guide you will ever have.  And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”

~ Howard Thurman

I have been seeking an understanding of the Christian faith without race and its progeny (i.e. prejudice, stereotypes, racialized perspectives and the like), collecting resources and tools along the way.  Partly, it was an act of faith, hoping that it was possible for me to rid myself of it and to maintain a discipline that ensured that it did not return without rebuke and condemnation.  With God’s help and while running the race, I have found the faith that I sought, a race-less faith.

After nearly three years of listening and writing, pointing to and observing, praying and answering, I discern a new name, a new domain, a new task.  The old preachers would say, “If I had time,” I would talk about the new names that God gives us, how Abram became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel, Simon became Peter.  When God gives us a new name, the old label is removed.  When God gives us a new name, the past is replaced with a new purpose.

I have been writing about this new name here and there; it could be found in tags to blog posts and pages: race-less gospel, race-less Christianity, race-less resolution, race-less faith, race-less Christ, race-less God, race-lessness.  These words that are now spirit and life have created newness in me (John 6.63).  I am a new creature, race-less in the sight of God always but in my eyes now.  I have a new appreciation for the song that says, “I looked at my hands and they looked at new.  I looked at my feet and they did too.”

I have been walking by faith and now I run with the vision.  The Daily Race has a new name.  It is http://www.racelessgospel.com.  To God be the glory!

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