Race and Misrepresentation

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mis·rep·re·sen·ta·tion/ˌmisreprəzenˈtāSH(ə)n/, Noun
1.  the action or offense of giving a false or misleading account of the nature of something

When we call ourselves racial beings, socially colored black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige people, we misrepresent our Creator.  God is not a racial being or a Racial Being, a supreme among supremes, defined or confined to physical, external, carnal clues, bound to the temporality of flesh. God is not a racial being, ruling and being ruled by what is seen.  God is Spirit, unseen and yet known, too often unexperienced but in every instance needed.

When we prejudge and hate, we misrepresent God’s love.  God’s love is not conditional, based on the social coloring of skin, given only to those who “look like Him.”  We are all made in God’s image because He has no favorites, no stepchildren, no distant relatives  (cp. Romans 2.11).  There is no chance that He would ever deny us.

When we stereotype and segregate, we misrepresent God’s unity, God’s community- kingdom, God’s togetherness.  God has it all together and has us all together in the palm of His hand (John 10.28).  God’s connectedness to all that He has created is never questionable. God touches and is in touch with every human being.  No member of His Body can be disconnected.

It does not matter what race says; race does not speak for God.  So, when it stands up in our lives, when it rises to speak on behalf of Scripture, it is always a misrepresentation.

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