I think about race and its absence in the presence of our humanity every day. I pray for wisdom and ways to communicate the absolute certainty that God did not create us to be judged by the social coloring of our skin. I have heard this message loud and clear from God. Now, I cannot pretend that I have not heard it and I can not keep it to myself.
It has changed what I say and how I see people. I would be lying if I said that I see persons according to race. I just don’t believe it and I don’t believe in it. I just don’t see it anymore. Call me a race atheist.
I could write about it all day and platforms like Twitter allow me to do so @racelessgospel. Here are ten power statements that I shared in 140 characters or less.
- Race makes copies but God makes originals.
- We must accept the newness that Jesus Christ offers whether society sees it or not.
- Race is not a personal introduction of who we are but a social conclusion about who we are.
- We do not look to the social coloring of our skin for meaning but to the Spirit that inspires us.
- Expand your vocabulary of our humanity and you will enlarge your vision of our humanity. Race is just one word.
- Identify with God.
- We will need to choose bigger words, that fit all human beings. Anything else is small talk.
- God did not create you to be bound by the social coloring of your skin but to live in and through and by the Spirit.
- Don’t wait for race to tell you who you are. Find out for yourself.
- We must start to take down the segregation signs in our minds that cause us to divide our relationships and our reasoning into us and them.
- Bonus! (I couldn’t leave this one out.) Don’t allow society or culture or family to cram your humanity into a racial category. You were not made to fit.