I shared a meditation at a Maundy Thursday service last night titled “Do as I do.” It is a command that highlights the disconnect between our words and our actions. We know and say what is right but so often, we do not do what is right. We point out the rule while side- stepping the practice of it. We are great enforcers of the law but poor practitioners. The same can be said of our life in Christ. What of his life do we imitate, especially during this Holy Week?
What of ourselves follows Jesus to the cross? Thomas will see the nail prints in Jesus’ hands but where are yours? What of you has died so that Christ might live more truly and fully? Where have you made room for him?
As Christians, there is only one that we can follow. We do not follow personalities but chase after the very presence of God in Christ and therefore, in us. One with God, this is the deepest and truest fellowship.
We do not follow our culture or the social coloring of our skin but the Christ who is bound by neither. He is the only one whose words match his actions and who can say, “Do as I do.” So, we are not stereotypical people. We are not your average, run of the mill, same old, racialized beings. No, that was nailed to his cross, clinched in his hands.
No longer Jews nor Greeks, how do we see ourselves as colored people anyway? That old self and its identity died on the Friday we call good. We no longer live in our flesh but in, through and by the spirit of Christ. The social construct of race, the racialized self has been buried with Christ. It will not survive the resurrection.