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Happy anniversary to me!

imagesToday marks two years since I began The Daily Race.  While I wasn’t sure of what my writings would amount to or even what I was attempting to articulate initially, I am so glad that I decided to begin this journey.  It was certainly a relief to say what I had been thinking for so long: I am not black.  I sometimes can’t believe that I had the courage to say it: I don’t believe in race/ God is not colored/ Black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige people don’t exist but are a creation of our social imaginations.  I am able to say that I didn’t allow race to get the best of me or my relationship with God and others, that I talked back to race and its progeny, that I did not live my life as its victim or a perpetrator of its hate, that I fought a good fight for my faith.

The Daily Race has become my sacred space and a safe place to share my ideas regarding race and the race-less life.  It is my “own little world” where I can live by the laws that I create: No racial caricatures permitted/ No racial slurs allowed/ No socially colored- coded language accepted.  I thank God for the thought and with it, the courage to take my faith back from race.  I am grateful for the opportunity to write about my convictions regarding race.

I didn’t have to wait for someone to listen or to agree or to understand; I needed only to begin talking to myself.  I just couldn’t hold it in and once I began writing about the race-less life, I couldn’t hold back.  But, I thought that once I said it that that would be enough; instead, my passion has only grown stronger.  Now, I have to say it any chance that I get: a race-less life is a Christ- filled life.

Two years later, I am in a deeper and more committed relationship with Christ as each word puts more distance between me and race.  My spiritual identity, the mind of Christ and my position in Christ have all been strengthened because of my commitment to detach my faith from this social construct.  Removing race from my faith has also allowed me to see myself, God and others not as the “other”/ “Other”; this has brought me closer to each and the possibility of healthy relationships seem inevitable.

I am looking forward to the years to come and all of the good things that a race-less life brings.  Since I began writing this blog, I have led a race-less life retreat, written and delivered a paper “A New Kind of Christianity: What Christ has already done about race” at the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference held in D.C. last May, the blog has been featured on the Associated Baptist Press and Ethics Daily websites and I recently completed a chapter on the race-less gospel of Jesus Christ to be included in a book soon to be released.  For this, I give God all the glory, honor and praise.

It is my prayer that others would find the words and the courage to fight for their faith and not live another day with race.  Join me in living the race-less life at The Daily Race.

The Most Segregated Hour

“It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s words are often employed when there is talk of Christ’s Church and its lack of cultural diversity in worship. It is said as a matter of fact and there is no sense that the persons who employ it also find it appalling. No, it is simply repeated, expressed without a challenge to our poor Christian witness and without a plan to change it. That race and its progeny do much to undue our declarations of the unconditional love and acceptance of God is never mentioned. It seems that it remains for “Christian America” a necessary hypocrisy.

I have heard persons say that it is because we worship differently, that it is because of cultural preferences and understandings of what this looks and sounds like.  But, to reduce the reason for the absence of diversity in American churches to worship style is too easy, too simple a conclusion.  And it’s an excuse not a reason.  The manner in which we celebrate God is not what separates us.  God has already told us how we are to worship: “in spirit and in truth” (John 4.24).  It is a posture not a particular practice that God desires and this should determine the manner in which we worship– if God is the focus of the Sunday morning service.

But, most often, this is not the case.  Our time spent with God is determined by our schedules, our social comforts and sinful, self- serving conclusions.  We treat Christ’s Church no differently than our homes, schools and local municipalities.  We know the way that persons are to live and who we want to live with us– even in the house of God.  How we continue to believe that we are worshipping “in spirit and in truth” while maintaining the racialized desires of our heart in God’s holy temple is a question worthy of discussion.

The truth is that eleven o’clock remains the most segregated hour because we don’t want to change the clock.   We are reliving history.  But, we would do much to relieve ourselves of its burdens if the Church in America would honestly and adequately address its complicity in the crimes of race (and this request is not one-sided).  We must confess the sins of race and seek forgiveness from God and our neighbor.  It will remain the most segregated hour so long as we do not see this as a judgment against us, the change as a part of the cost of discipleship and a priority of our faith.