When Jesus came, he announced a radical a new view of humanity. This new view is pictured in the book of Revelation:
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
This is a beautiful view of redeemed humanity where all the walls that divide us are gone. Where there is no more racial division. Where love reigns supreme in all hearts for everyone equally. And we worship God together.
In the Lord’s prayer Jesus prayed, “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Being a minority in America is a very difficult thing. There are things that minorities experience
that those of us in the majority will never know and can never imagine. And God
presses on us who are part of the majority to listen well to the pain that
those in the minority have suffered. To remember that it is real. To remember
that it is destructive and tears down self-respect and self-value. And to remember that even if we ourselves
have not openly done such things, people in our majority have perpetrated
horrible racial prejudice, to our shame.
Brothers and sisters in the majority- we need the humility to listen. We need the godliness to feel the pain of others that we may never feel ourselves. And we must unite to be peace- bearers, love carriers, and gospel motivated healers.
My prayer is that the people of Stillwaters may be known as those who longed and worked that God’s perfect kingdom of peace. I long for a world where my grandsons Kannon and Caleb would never have to suffer the degradation of racial prejudice. That they would never know what it is like to walk into a store and be treated differently because of the color of their skin. But to get there we need to work on it. Examine your own heart. See where prejudice is still there. And pray that we would see more and more on earth the love for one another that we will see in heaven, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. Jesus came to redeem us not only from sin but from prejudice. Let’s be peacemakers.
Matthew 5:9 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.