Christian Race Fatigue

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Recently on Facebook, I saw a post from the ministry of a well-known international television evangelist. It read: “I’m tired of hearing about race! If you’ve been to the cross, we’re brothers and sisters.”

Brother, I’m tired of hearing about it too. Every time we turn on the news we’re hearing about some sort of race crime perpetrated on somebody’s black child by the very establishment that have been hired to serve and protect all citizens regardless of color.

As a mother and a Christ follower, I’m tired of seeing that kind of thing happen in the world.

The Knee Jerk Response

Yes, we are all one in Christ but have we taken it to the level that Christ prayed about in John 17:21… “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Here’s a question I want to ask that TV evangelist: How has the world’s idea of race and racism changed because of our oneness? Is our oneness so strong that the world is turning to Christ. I don’t think so; not yet.

I hear a lot of rhetoric. Lots of scriptures tossed around. John 17:21. Galatians 3:28. Ephesians 2:13-16. And on and on. But I still feel that we’ve not moved past Rodney King’s plea, “Can we all get along?”

The media has a way of gnawing on a bone of news until we are so tired of hearing it that we get numb. That’s not news-casting. That’s social Novocaine.

When we Christians get tired of race talk, we go straight to the ‘cumbayah’ platitudes and nothing ‘God’ happens.

Start Doing Something

I’m so tired of hearing about race that I’m ready to do something about it so that this conversation stops coming up. As for me and my house, I’m going to keep talking and writing about racial reconciliation until that change happens.

The world might talk about it one way. They’ll say, let’s make up a new law or reform the existing ones. That’s a good move. But we as believers need to talk about and address race in another way. A way that does not lead to this race fatigue. A way that draws unbelievers to Christ in big and small ways. A way that fulfills MLK’s Dream and Jesus’s Prayer. A way that eradicates even the last vestiges of racism, classism, and sexism inside the very Church itself. Because unfortunately even though Christ removed the “dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14) of skin color, class, and gender, we are still separated. In some cases, we’re in the same ‘multi-ethnic’ church but miles apart.

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We’re the bridge builders. The justice people. We are God’s children. Let’s start doing something.