An Anti-Race Covenant

Candles Desktop Wallpapers 8As the children of God, fellow disciples of Jesus Christ and temples of the Holy Spirit, we do hereby covenant with God, ourselves and our neighbors to:

  • Not employ the historical and personal experience of race or its social truths in the interpretation of sacred Scripture, the will of God, the work of the Holy Spirit or the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world for the purposes of preserving the worldview of race and sustaining the practice of racism;
  • Not recreate God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit in the images of race;
  • Not amend, modify or alter the attributes of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit to suit the cause of race;
  • Not subject God or God’s will to the social truths and purposes of race;
  • Regularly examine our thoughts, speech and behavior as it concerns race and the practice of our faith;
  • Be intentional in our awareness of race worship and available to question the rationale behind our continued observance of race’s commandments and our belief in its social parables;
  • Commit to courageous truth-telling about our existence and experiences without employing the lens of race;
  • Redefine our lives, faith/beliefs, relationships, vocation/work, experiences, habits, hobbies, interests, eyes, lips, noses, hair, skin and bodies a part from the social prescriptions, cultural expectations, historical vocabulary and definitions of race;
  • Denounce our social, cultural, familial, emotional and religious allegiance to race in order that we might experience a truer and deeper freedom in Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit;
  • Not assign human worth and potential, attribute social success or failure, assume educational background or vocational pursuits, guilt or innocence, personal threat or safety to the social coloring of a person’s skin;
  • Not repeat the curses of race or pass down its traditions of prejudice and stereotyping, supremacy and powerlessness to our children;
  • Love our God, ourselves and our neighbors unapologetically and without the excuse of race.

5 thoughts on “An Anti-Race Covenant”

  1. The covenant asks a lot, and rightfully so. As a child of God and work in progress, I will keep this covenant in my heart. It is worthy fruit for consumption, sustenance and energy.

  2. I just started reading your papers, and I must say they are great! I found your website due to doing research for my Multicultural counseling class. I would prefer reading your material over the author of our book, as it is more genuine. Thank you for being willing to share your faith, but also give up the long torch of “race”. I wish everyone could read your materials, as it would open eyes that need to be open. If we are Christians, we should be willing to lay down “race” and take up our identity in Christ, and expect that of others as well.
    Thank you again…. Keep on going with your “ministry”

    1. Thank you so much Kimberly for your generous compliment. It is indeed encouraging to read that my words are understood and appreciated. It is indeed a ministry as I hope that Christ will ultimately be glorified. As to your class reading, maybe you could suggest the blog to the professor. 🙂

  3. Not sure what to make of this. Isn’t Jesus a middle-eastern man? He is fully God & fully human, therefore He must have a race, just like He has a gender. I don’t know. Sounds like wishful thinking on your parts. I’ll try to follow this blog for a bit.

    1. Thanks for your comment and for reading the Anti-Race Covenant on my blog. With regard to your comment, my stance on race and on the race-lessness of Jesus Christ is encouraged by the fact that Jesus put on flesh (John 1.14; I Peter 3.18). Hebrews 2:14 is especially important and reads, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil.” We also know that God is Spirit and consequently, so is Jesus Christ (John 4.24).

      I would also add that race, the social coloring of one’s skin, is not comparable to gender and would encourage you to read earlier post that discuss this like “What Our Faith in Race Reveals.” As Christians, we are also encouraged to put on the new self or new man (Ephesians 4.24) and to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13.14; Galatians 3.27; Colossians 3.10). Of course, these scriptures are not asking that we take on the gender or “race” of Jesus Christ. In addition, I would argue that race creates and/or maintains a social position and is not comparable to a human condition. With my blog, I affirm the declarations of Paul found in Colossians 3.11 and Galatians 3.28 that focus on the unifying presence of Christ and the removal of all of categories, natural and social. I encourage you to continue to reading the blog and to keep asking questions.

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