|Of all the issues facing us in the United States today, few are as sensitive as the issue of ‘race’. It’s hard to discuss the topic without tempers flaring or harsh words emerging. News programs spend hours investigating the subject, and many a politician has wasted many a word trying to capitalize on the issue.
There is no room within Christianity for racism – not because racism is evil or immoral, although it certainly is – but because no matter how hard you look, you will not find the Bible advocating racism. In fact, quite the opposite is true. God does not give anyone preferential treatment based on the color of their skin.
According to Scripture, all men are sinners in need of a savior regardless of their skin tone. Christ died for all men and made no exceptions based on their skin color. John 12:32, 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9 tell us that God desires all men to be saved and makes no exceptions for their ‘race’. When a person is saved, that person becomes a part of the body of Christ. There are no divisions or segregation within Christ’s body. We are all equal.
Acts 10:34-35 tell us that God is no respecter of persons but accepts anyone who fears Him and works righteousness. In other words, God is not partial to any nationality or particular skin tone. He treats everyone equally and fairly. We are to do the same. 1 Peter 2:17 tells us to honor all men – no exceptions.
At this point, you may be wondering why we’re talking about this or even feeling a little indignant. Rest assured that I’m not accusing you, dear reader, of being racist or prejudiced. (I grew up in a heavily racist area and therefore have the dishonor of knowing several racists. I know full well that most are not those sorts of people.) But I hope that this devotional will equip you to answer those who have misconceptions about the Bible and encourage you to approach those who may be different with the glorious news of the Gospel.
We have a message that transcends cultures, nations and, yes, even skin color. Let us do our part to share it.