Opposites do not attract

imgres-1I know that my work is hard, that my words are difficult, that a race-less gospel can be hard to believe and believe in.  I believe it and initially, I was afraid to say it.

It was not that I felt it was wrong, that I was not “fully persuaded,” that I thought that I might be disproven but that I knew it was right.  I knew that race was wrong and that God was right about me.  I knew that they were opposites though so many have spent so much time trying to make them agreeable.

Some say, “Opposites attract” but that does not hold true when it comes to God.  God is light.  He does not attract darkness; in fact, “there is no darkness in him at all” (First John 1.5).  God is love.  He is not attracted to hate: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates his brother or sister is a liar” (First John 4.20).  And the opposite of God is not good and should not be attractive to Christians: “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world” (First John 2.15).

Race and God are opposites.  They do not support each other and I’ll prove it to you.  God says, “Love your neighbor.”  Race says, “Only if they look like you.”  God created us and said that humanity was “very good.”  Race says, “Only socially colored white people are good.”  God calls for believers to dwell together in unity.  Race tells us, “It is best that we live and worship separately.”  God says, “Be reconciled.”  Race says, “That’s impossible.  There is too much work to be done.  Too much injustice.  Too much time has passed.”  God says, “What about my Son?”  Race says, “He’s not enough or he’s too much.  He’s perfect.  We are not.  We cannot live as he did.”

Race opposes our faith and does not challenge us to obey the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus but to walk away and join the crowd, the culture, our people.  That is the opposite of what God calls us to do.

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