It is interesting to talk to many people who claim that racism has died. Anyone can jump to a conclusion based on points of progress for the dismantling of a racist society.
We have made progress. A couple of generations ago, to be a person of color in America, meant that there was a high possibility that you were a slave, and now the leader of our country is a person of color. That is undoubtedly progress. The work of the civil rights movement was not done in vain. The work of MLK, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X can be seen in the progress of our society.
But to think that racism can only be spoken of in past tense is foolish. We have been reminded of this in recent events. To see the recent fall of NFL players Richie Incognito and Riley Cooper, has proven that there still lies a race issue.
The issues are deep rooted as both athletes had outburst that ruined their reputations within the NFL. But our countries issues are deeper then simply
“accidentally letting a word fly”. Take for instance the recent Halloween Costume insensitivity. During Halloween there have been costumes showing no desire for racial respect from many americans.
Is racism a thing of the past? Clearly not. To argue that it is proves no intellectual integrity.
But I will say, in spite of the disappointments in a racist society, there is still and always will be hope.
Racism is a product of Sin. It is what happens when one does not seek to live for Gods glory but instead for their own. Racism will have an eventual death sentence, but that will not be until the return of Christ. Until then, believers in Christ, let’s cling to the cross. The one place where race, color, background does not matter. The place that looks at all and say’s you need a savior. And the place where Jesus proved to be the savior that you have always needed.
The Cross say’s “there is none righteous, no not one”.
The Cross say’s “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.”
The Cross say’s that when you have come to christ, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The Cross say’s “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
At the cross, we are all on even ground.
Racism is alive, but it will eventually die like sin and we will sing this song…
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelations 5:9)