“Accept one another, then, just as Christ has accepted you.”
| Romans 15.7, NIV
Spawned by reports of the current American president’s remarks on immigration, which included speaking of Haiti and the entire continent of Africa (i.e. some 54 countries and two de facto territories) in terms unbecoming of a human being– much less a president, the national dialogue has returned to an old argument of race theory. Race says where we are born determines our social value, that persons are inherently worthy or worthless based on their appearance. It is a simplistic claim: goodness on location. Acceptance based on appearance, this is as superficially good as it gets.
Incompatible with the unconditional love of God, “who so loved the world” and inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ, still persons claim that the kingdom of God is “white” and is a single country- the United States. Today, there are those who continue to believe that God sees the world through blue eyes. They honestly think that God has goldilocks and only spends time with those people who are “just right.” Clearly, they have their stories mixed up, adding in a bit of fairy tale into sacred writ. It is obviously self- serving since only those socially colored white have the right to live happily ever after.
So proud is whiteness that it claims that God desires it, needs it, that God’s power is determined by it. God must be white if God is to be accepted as all- powerful.
Made of earth, it has always struck me as odd that some dirt, some flesh, some people are perceived as inherently better. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” Made by the same God, some persons are thought to be created “a little lower than” others. Not surprisingly, the purpose aligns itself quite neatly with persons who espouse these views and their capitalist goals. It also matches their will and supports the idea that they are God’s gift to the world. Thanks but no thanks, Jesus. What religion is this exactly?
Because the gospel of Jesus Christ will not be racialized. The kingdom of God is not segregated, color- coded, divided up into people groups. And God is not a Person of color, the trinket of culture, to be accepted if the divine image matches our own. God is good if God is with us– and not them. No, God is Spirit and those who worship must worship spiritually and truthfully (John 4.24). And the truth is, we are not accepted conditionally but gracefully. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ has accepted you.”