The social construct of race and its commandments are often used as supplemental material for the Bible. Or, we take out the characters of the Bible altogether and insert our culture– but no one else’s. God’s promises are for us and not them. God is talking to us and not them. The social construct of race empowers us to become replacement saviors and we step in as if Christ extended an invitation to us to fill his shoes. Though often described as “the hands and feet of Christ,” there are no holes in either.
In fact, the social construct of race does not encourage us to open our hands to others but to walk in the opposite direction and self- segregate. Our “color” made righteous, it is our skin that sets us apart. The darkness reduced to flesh, we wrestle against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6.12).
For good or for ill, it is our race that gets the credit. All glory belongs to socially colored beige/ black/ brown/ red/ yellow/ white people. It is an accepted and understandable heresy. We excuse this form of idolatry because it is the worship of self.
Race and its progeny do not echo the words of Christ; it does not enable or enhance his ministry. Race is not a messenger of the gospel; it is good news is for “me and mine.” Race leaves the world out and makes our culture the world around which everyone else should revolve. This is why it is important to declare that the gospel of Jesus Christ is race-less.
Race does not work for God but against our humanity. The social construct of race was and is not a part of the plan of salvation for human beings. Our “race” does not gain us access to God. Our righteousness is not in the social coloring of flesh but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Confessing a race says that we belong to a colored people but as Christians, we are the people of God.
So, what will it be? You and I will need to separate race from our faith. Made in the image of God, the social construct of race does not supplement our identity. We cannot be a colored person and a child of God at the same time. Because it was never about having the right skin but being in right relationship with God. It was the blood of Christ not the skin of Christ that saved us.
It is our hands that have gotten in the way. Consequently, our hands will need to do the separating. Race or our Christian faith? Choose this day which one you will serve.