Day One: One in Christ

Galatians 3:28 (NIV): There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

John Piper states that, “The Gospel explains and undermines racism.” The Gospel explains it because racism is a symptom of living in a world marked by sin. Both science and the bible have been misused to justify racism in the past. This is a sign of sinful humanity’s tendency to twist and corrupt everything it touches. The reality is that everyone, sinful and self-centered by nature, is tainted with racist tendencies to varying degrees. We harbor biases and prejudices, whether because of upbringing, cultural or societal influence, traumatic experiences, and/or fear and suspicion of those who are different. The good news is that all sin, including racism, is undermined through Christ’s death that reconciles us to God and to one another. It breaks down the barriers that separate us from God and the walls that separate us from one another. As children of God, we are all one in Christ.      

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that we are forgiven and reconciled in Christ. Open my eyes to see any areas where I have been blind to my own biases and prejudices. Instead, help me see the world and my brothers and sisters in Christ in light of the Gospel. Help us as a church to exhibit the Gospel love that undermines racism. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song, “Upon Him” by Matt Redman (click here).

– CR