Approximately Ten Power Thoughts For Living Without Race

imgresI 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.

  1. Race makes copies but God makes originals.
  2. We must accept the newness that Jesus Christ offers whether society sees it or not.
  3. Race is not a personal introduction of who we are but a social conclusion about who we are.
  4. We do not look to the social coloring of our skin for meaning but to the Spirit that inspires us.
  5. Expand your vocabulary of our humanity and you will enlarge your vision of our humanity.  Race is just one word.
  6. Identify with God.
  7. We will need to choose bigger words, that fit all human beings. Anything else is small talk.
  8. 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.
  9. Don’t wait for race to tell you who you are. Find out for yourself.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
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