After an incident is determined to be race- related, persons sometimes say, “Racism is alive and well.” They point to the latest insult that adds to the countless injuries of race- relations. Or worse still, they point to the most recent death by fear, misunderstanding, power struggle and/or prejudice. Perhaps, with excitement or maybe disappointment, they point to this body of evidence, building our cases against each other.
“See, they hate us. See, they are bad people. See, this is why we cannot get along, why we cannot live with each other. See, this is why we cannot forget and forgive. We are not post- racial and can never be. See, stereotypes kicking. See, prejudice moving. Racism is alive and well!”
It is not said to suggest that death was near but to remind others of race’s vitality. Race is not on its deathbed and this is not its last will and testament. We have not seen the last of its works or heard the last of its words. It will happen again.
And only because we keep it alive. Christians, who are called to be dead to the flesh and to bury the old nature, dig up old wounds and make fresh ones just like every one else (Romans 8.10). Called to be a holy nation and a royal priesthood, we add race to our identities and thereby, confusion to our confessions (Second Peter 2.9).
Race has never lived in the eyes of God and it is not apart of the abundant life that Christ offers (John 10.10). Race is not and never will be a part of the kingdom of God. In fact, it should be dead to us. Thoughts, perspectives, behaviors and traditions that support the evil works of the flesh should have no power or influence over us as we are called to live and be led by the Spirit (Galatians 5.25).
So, racism may be alive and well in the world (as they see it) but not in us, not in Christ’s Body by which we are known.
2 thoughts on “Racism may be ‘alive and well’ but…”
Hi Starlette. I have dealt with this issue of race for many years, I come from a mixed ‘race’ and I have dealt with trying to identity myself in this world. The devil has lied to me for many of years with the illusion of ‘race’ and about who I am, but I’m learning now that my ‘race’ is not my identity, because my identity is in Christ. I thought i had to identify with my ‘race,’ and with my identity in Christ, in order to live a fulfilled life. And i felt condemned all the time because i chose not to identify with my flesh. But I recently read the scripture Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” And God spoke to me and told me that I have been living by the flesh in terms of trying to love my race and trying to identify with my race. I thought I was the only one who thought that race is a lie from the devil, but it was hard for me to believe “is this from God or not,” because race is so real in the world today, and in the church like you said. But I’m glad that I found your blog about a race-less gospel. I want to be able to expose the lie of race as well, and reveal the truth of God that we are all his children. 1st Peter 2:9 “For you are a chosen race.” We are the race of God when we come to Christ, and that means his children.
Brother Joseph, this is what the blog is for. Your testimony is why I write. Thank for sharing your journey and testifying of the liberating power of God’s Word and Christ’s work in us. I pray that others might experience the freedom that you now walk in. To God be the glory for the things that He is doing in you.