As it refers to human beings, race is nothing but a social construct.
But for those of us whose convictions and worldview have been reshaped and rerouted by our new birth and new found position in Christ, race matters only in a fallen world.
This is nothing to be proud of.
When I think of CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s Black in America, I often cringe. I appreciate the spotlight on persons of black heritage in America. But I’m not confident of the solutions often proposed.
Yes we have made headways as a people and as a nation, most notably in the presidential election and reelection of Barack Obama. But in many segments and areas of our nation–a person’s racial makeup still poses enormous challenges.
And when we engage in racial discrimination of any kind, we are thinking and acting in categories befitting of a fallen world.
However as a Christ follower, whose convictions and worldview continue to be shaped by the gospel of Christ, I declare that race matters only in a fallen world.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28, NET Bible, emphasis added)
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9, NIV, emphasis added)
This is the only construct that matters. It is new creational in nature, and new creational in its longings.
This is where we need to start.
New creational convictions are what our leaders need.