As the Bible describes, the Church is the body of believers unified by faith and purpose in Jesus Christ. The Kingdom work of the Church is based on Jesus' teachings from Matthew 28: 18-20, which say, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you to the very end of the age."
Regarding racism today, Christians must be mindful that while we are all created in the image of God, our unique backgrounds, cultures, and experiences shape our perspectives. We must strive to show love and understanding while recognizing that each person has a fantastic experience with racism. In addition, we must take action to dismantle systems of racism and oppression in our Churches and the world.
The Bible offers us guidance on how to go about this work. James 2:8-9 tells us, "If you keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." This passage reminds us that we must treat our neighbors of all races with respect and understanding.
Ephesians 6:9 further emphasizes this point by reminding us that we must not disrespect or mistreat anyone, "And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him."
In summary, Christians must strive to love and understand our neighbors of all races, including those impacted by racism. We must also take action to dismantle systems of oppression within our Churches and the world.
As we do this work, we can be comforted by knowing that God is with us always, even through the most challenging times. May His Spirit fill us with courage and strength as we actively pursue racial justice with love for all people.