My Greatest Challenge to Date

You and I are passing through what may prove to be the most difficult waters in the history of our Nation. There is no doubt that the Body of Christ in America is passing difficult challenges as well. The question(s) arise from one word, ‘racism.’ And what I do know that the Word of God is straight-forward from the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation. The wall faced by each of us in America is obvious to every person who claims to be ‘Christian’  and ‘American.’ We can call ourselves American Christians, Followers of Jesus Christ. 

Racism is not an issue to be foundin the pages of the Word of God. And I understand that many, many people will disagree with me here, but I will simply challenge everyone to study this issue with an open mind and heart. Racism is a huge elephant in our room today and this elephant is on every news report we observe around us. Racial discord is the very reason America has found itself in such turmoil. But our problem is not racial. Sin and evil is our problem. Every person must humble themselves before Holy God in confession of sin, repent of that sin in order to find forgiveness. 

STOP the finger pointing, everybody!! Jesus died on the Cross for the purpose of reconciliation with Him. And when the human heart finds peace with God through confession, repentance and forgiveness, evil will subside by that degree. However, until this happens the finger pointing and racism as we understand will not pass away.

John 3:16 is the best place to begin this ‘discussion’ if we can, indeed, call this a ‘discussion.’ How about a ‘monologue?’ But this is not correct. What we may have is a ‘melodrama’ with the use of the title, “Black Lives Matter” that brings forth emotional responses from a very large portion of our population. People of many racial backgrounds respond to this statement. The quest is equal justice, at least, by the Black population in America that has affected most aspects of our National culture. Jesus said, “for whosoever believes in Me will not perish, but have everlasting life.” This is a statement that is all-inclusive, and is for everyone. The problem is that the Bible does not directly address racial issues as we understand them.

We find these words in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” Please note that there is no mention of a person of any kind of racial background. All that is said is this, “So God created man in His own image.”

What is found later in Genesis 11:5-8, “Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.” This event concerned language and no racial content is implied much less stated.

The only racial implications that can be found in Scripture concerns God’s choice of the Hebrew people as being His Chosen. What we can gather from this choice of God cannot be suggested as a racial issue, but rather His choice of a Nation that He would bless for all eternity. This has nothing to with racial prejudice from a human perspective.

God’s perspective is not to be compared to human perspective for He alone is God and He alone is Holy, and He alone is Sovereign. Isaiah 55:8-11 tells us this, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” We humans MUST recognize His Sovereignty, Period.

James writes the following, “Indeed, if you keep the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, but if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9. Please note, this is not a statement concerning racial differences. This is a statement coming from the heart of the Almighty who created us to love one another. His desire is that we simply love one another no matter who the ‘other’ might be.

This article could be very, very long for the subject of sin simply has no end. However, if we are to find a solution to this problem we call racism the place to begin is the human heart. Paul writes these sobering words, “ For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:13-15. Our service is to Jesus Christ and to one another through love that is generated by the presence of the Holy Spirit. “If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Christian love is the result of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

The sin of racial prejudice is the result of the heart of mankind refusing the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” John 3:18-21. The problem is the rejection of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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