Christ saved my life from stereotypes. “In Him, “I am a new creature and all things become new” (Second Corinthians 5.17). I am not more of the same old colored people, another addition to the racial group. I am not another number, added into the racial majority or minority.
Christ saved my life from prejudice. In Him, I am clothed. “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3.27-28). In Him, I am one. Christ makes me whole.
Christ saved my life from segregation. “In Him, I live, move and have my being” (Acts 17.28). There is no basis for fences or boundaries, assigned seating or separate entrances, warning or caution signs in Christ. All can come to me because I come from All.
Christ saved my life from hatred. In Him, there is perfect love and God is love perfected. “There is no fear in love. But, perfect love drives out all fear” (First John 4.18). God casts out, calls out, circles the fear in me. It must leave me first before I can second guess the motivations of others.
I don’t have to be the person that race says that I will be because of the social coloring of skin, the external markers of race. Christ gave me another life and way of being that is outside of this world and its oppressions, outside of me but inside of Him. And all of me that is worthy of keeping, He has saved.