United in Christ, but divided by race

Conversations in America about race need to be happening, and it is up to the Church to demonstrate a body of Christ unified in him instead of racial divisions. Today I’m having a hard time with how the United States’ ongoing history of violence towards people of color makes skin more important than any other label. How if we are in Christ, skin color can even trump that. I’m having a hard time believing that the enemy isn’t having a field day with all of the pain swirling around right now. And I don’t understand how we can point the finger at one another when Satan is the issue here. We can and will work together as a country to change policies so race has no bearing on merit. My biggest concern right now is how peace can be taken from us by focusing on what divides instead of God’s Holy Spirit, which separates by an entirely different criteria than skin color.

It is wrong to give more victory to fear than God’s power to change our country. We can ask him to change our hearts and remove prejudice and demonstrate the right way to those of us who have either forgotten it or never known it. Racism is learned and can be relinquished. Dying to the flesh means sacrificing ideals of supremacy at the cross. This is not what the church is about. This is not what Christ is about. It never has been. Those who use the name of Christ for evil will recieve the reward for blaspheming the spirit they’ve abused.

It is not the church to revile one another for such stupid reasons. It is not of the church to blame poverty on any individual. It is not of the church to deny a person’s right to speak out and tell their own story as they please. It is not of the church to manipulate. It is not of the church to pretend nothing is happening. It is not of the church to extort and deny the true teachings of Christ.

These evils cannot dwell among the body of Christ, and may God sort among us. It is not right to let the enemy divide and destroy us based on very real wounds and the pain that surrounds them. Jesus was strung up on the cross for even more pain than this. He can help heal us, and help facilitate all that needs to change, but we need to ask.

I believe in policy making that is fair. I believe that the law as it is currently applied is not fair. But I also believe in the miraculous power of God, and that he hears our prayers when we come before him in a spirit of working together. If all lives matter, then black lives matter. If poor lives matter, if forgotten lives matter, if Christ came for all lives, then he came so that we wouldn’t have to doubt his love for anyone’s life, regardless of their flesh tone. We are all children of God. We can all stand firm in that together.

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haleylol

I am a teacher-to-be who loves people. I am not afraid of many things. I like to explain my thoughts logically on a very birds-eye view level--I was born thinking that way. I follow Jesus Christ, and I accept only that label to describe my identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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