To date, I have published 1,040 posts for this blog. It is my largest body of work and the race-less gospel is my life’s devotion to God. It is a sacred charge and a holy vision that I have been given. I can take no credit for the ability to see beyond the machinery of race and to want more for our collective humanity than the social construct of race has to offer.
While I write with the hope that my words might usher us into a post- racial reality, they are rooted in a pre- racial God. To accept that God is a racial being, a socially colored being would suggest that we have seen God, that we have a hand in the image of God, that we hold a paintbrush. It would be an attempt to fill in a mysterious God. It is my belief that if we see ourselves as colored people, then we have not seen ourselves at all.
Coloring God in would also make God a being– not Being. But, “in him, we live, move and have our being” (Acts 17.28). So, then the social construct of race is a restriction of God’s ability, a reduction of the image of God. And if reduces the image of God, then it reduces our image as well.
For more than five years now, it has been my hope to communicate again and again the good news of a race-less Christ. Often challenged, I remain persuaded by the conviction that God is not socially colored beige, brown, black, red, yellow or white. Today, while it remains easy for me say, it is harder for many people to hear.
So, like the prophets of the Old Testament, I just say it again and again. I share these previous reflections, written during the Advent season for those who have an ear to hear.