Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #18.
This episode is titled, How God’s People Can Bridge the Racial Divide
Over the past three to four years, perhaps the most enduring social issue that America has faced is the status of race relations in this country. Many thought President Obama’s election in 2008 was a great sign that the country had moved beyond the racial divisions of the past, but it turns out that is not the case. In fact, the issue of race is probably more potent today than it has been at any time in recent history.
This was shown once again over the past week during the protests and demonstrations over the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of white police officers as well as the shooting deaths of five Dallas police at the hands of a black man. While President Obama tried once again to convince America that the nation is not divided in his speech at the memorial for the slain officers, the reality as we look around us seems very different.
In times like these, segments of society flee to their ideological ghettos, pin the blame on the other side, and shout at each other across the chasm. What we need, however, are people willing to walk into the no man’s land in between. That is where God’s people come in. We ought to engage with the issues on a level that serves the purpose of the Kingdom of God — not the purposes of the right or the left, conservatives or liberals, whites, blacks, or any number of other groups that have a stake in the debate.
Our goal ought to be to bring people closer to God and into a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. When people get their hearts right with God, they will begin to see that racism is sin, and they will begin to see their fellow man as they see themselves regardless of race, class, or political affiliation. Only God’s love, mercy, and grace can bring healing to the painful racial wounds that have been inflicted on this country. I hope that you will begin to be a part of the solution today.
Tony Evans said, “These recent spates of violence – like all our worldly problems — have happened because Christians have failed to advance God’s kingdom, to spread the faith and to do so in a loving, unified way. The Church and only the Church has been given the keys to the kingdom, so we have unique access to God that nobody else has. It’s about time more churches start using those keys to unlock doors, so that we get greater heavenly intervention in our earthly catastrophe.”
In closing, let me leave you with a Scripture and a quote.
Second Timothy 2:24-25 says, “The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
Donna Lynn Hope said, “Affliction equips the suffering to empathize with others in anguish and not only does it strengthen them, it enables them to be consoling comforters in a world full of hurt.”
In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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