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Race and Misrepresentation

mis·rep·re·sen·ta·tion/ˌmisreprəzenˈtāSH(ə)n/, Noun
1.  the action or offense of giving a false or misleading account of the nature of something

When we call ourselves racial beings, socially colored black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige people, we misrepresent our Creator.  God is not a racial being or a Racial Being, a supreme among supremes, defined or confined to physical, external, carnal clues, bound to the temporality of flesh. God is not a racial being, ruling and being ruled by what is seen.  God is Spirit, unseen and yet known, too often unexperienced but in every instance needed.

When we prejudge and hate, we misrepresent God’s love.  God’s love is not conditional, based on the social coloring of skin, given only to those who “look like Him.”  We are all made in God’s image because He has no favorites, no stepchildren, no distant relatives  (cp. Romans 2.11).  There is no chance that He would ever deny us.

When we stereotype and segregate, we misrepresent God’s unity, God’s community- kingdom, God’s togetherness.  God has it all together and has us all together in the palm of His hand (John 10.28).  God’s connectedness to all that He has created is never questionable. God touches and is in touch with every human being.  No member of His Body can be disconnected.

It does not matter what race says; race does not speak for God.  So, when it stands up in our lives, when it rises to speak on behalf of Scripture, it is always a misrepresentation.

Defining Race-less

Race- less, Adj.

1.  Used to describe persons who choose not to identify with or by a socioculturally constructed race, here being black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige; used to describe a person not willing to be defined by the social coloring of skin, biased beliefs regarding physical attributes or stereotypes associated with a cultural group based on the sociocultural construct of race;  used to describe the life that persons lead who choose not to employ the lens of race when looking at themselves, others and God and practice the traditions of racism with themselves, others and God 2. not of or pertaining to a post- racial society but pointing back to the first and true image of humanity: God’s  (Gen. 1.26-27).  God is pre, post and supra- racial;


3. the belief that human beings are not physically but socially colored black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige and thereby categorized for the self- preservation and elevation, economic advancement and geographic rule of the socially favored group, here being white; and,

4.  a definitive attribute of the message of Jesus Christ, the identity of His disciples and a liberating truth of the ministry of reconciliation: The gospel of Jesus Christ is race-less (Galatians 3.28; Colossians 3.11).

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