Racial Reconciliation

Therefore we as the body of Christ have a responsibility to search out the Biblical approach for the issues our society is facing today and provide Biblical answers and Truth,in an era where 'Everything' and 'anything' goes.

In Light of the above, we need to address,discuss and find Biblical answers to these three critical questions. 
1.Does racism still exist in our society today?
2.What does scripture say concerning this issue?
3.What role can I play?

1. Does Racism still exist in our Society Today? 
The Oxford English Dictionary describes Racism as,"....prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's race is superior". "...The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities or qualities specific to that  race,especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races".

Based on the recent various cases concerning police brutality (towards and against), racial profiling, and stereotypical behavior (among many other examples,both personal and social),which have plagued our society in recent months, it is safe to say that we as a nation and a people are still struggling deeply with this issue.

2. What Does Scripture say concerning this issue?
  1.God is the author of all races. " So God created man in His own image,in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27)
  2.God shows no partiality. "...the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes." (Deuteronomy 10:17) " ...I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right." (Acts 10:34-35)

3. God Loves All Races.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son,that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) "...one died for all,and therefore all died.And He died for all,that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again." (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

4. Christ Reconciles All Races.
"For He Himself is our peace,who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility... His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two,thus making peace,and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility." (Ephesians 2:14-16)

5. In Heaven,All Races will join together. 
"After this I Looked,and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,from every nation,tribe,people and language,standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
"Salvation belongs to our God,who sits on the throne, and to the lamb." (Revelation 7:9-10)

6.What Role can I play? 
We recognize that we are all one in Adam (as human beings made in the image of God),therefore there is only one race - The Human Race, thus any form of racism,discrimination or prejudice distorts the relationships God has given us,and the vision of Christ we see in each other. Once we have been reconciled to God through the gospel message,we are then compelled to be reconciled to each other and those we once viewed as different from us.The gospel at its core is a message of reconciliation and God's love brings peace where there was once strife,kindness where there was once animosity, compassion, love and understanding. (Ephesians 2:31-32) - There needs to be forgiveness from those who have been hurt or affected by racial prejudice or discrimination,as Christ teaches us."...forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 2:32),and there needs to be repentance on the part of those who practice any form of discrimination.(Read Romans 6:11-14) - The only hope any race has for salvation is in Christ "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only son."(John 3:18),Therefore as a believer and follower of Christ, I can participate in changing one's eternal address by sharing the good news about God's love for mankind and leading one to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

-Sheila Oyugi.