It is Finished!
Anyone who is a follower of Christ knows how beautiful reconciliation with God is. We who were once dead in our trespasses and sins have now been made alive. This new life was given to us as a gift as a result of Christ’s sacrificial death on behalf of undeserving sinners (Eph 2:1; Col. 2:13).
Moreover, Christ not only died a sacrificial death on behalf of undeserving sinners but He also lived a perfect life on their behalf as well. As a result, the Christian can confidently rest in the words of Christ that were uttered as He breathed His last breath-“It is finished.”
It is for the reasons stated above, that I reject the false gospel of Racial Reconciliation.
What is the Gospel of Racial Reconciliation?
What is the Gospel of Racial Reconciliation? In short, it is the teaching that the races (white and non-white, which are socially constructed words) need to be reconciled due to the historical realities of racism in Western Culture. Though the concept of reconciliation is indeed a biblical one, the idea that the races need to be reconciled is not.
Let me explain what I mean.
We live in a broken world
Is there a conflict between white and nonwhite people in the world? Of course, there is, but is that conflict limited to whites and non-whites? Of course not.
We live in a broken world that desperately needs a savior and only Jesus can meet our souls cry for rest. Only Jesus can bring lasting reconciliation between people from different backgrounds. Only Jesus can bring two people together and make them one in himself, and the beauty of Christ’s sacrificial death is that this reconciliation was accomplished at the cross when the wall of hostility was removed by Christ’s righteous blood.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, penned what in my opinion may be considered one of the most controversial truths found in the New Testament. In himself, Jesus made Jew and Gentile one.
The divide between Jew and Gentile was so great that each group had their own segregated place of worship in the Temple. The Gentiles were only permitted to worship in the outer courts of the Gentiles, while Jewish men were only permitted to worship in the court of the men (Jewish women were only permitted to worship in the court of the women).
These divisions were not uncommon in the first century. In fact, conflict and separation have been taking place since the fall of our first parents in the garden. Mankind has always found a reason to divide over something, and yet, Jesus Christ did something that no man or political organization could ever accomplish in all of History. In his death, Jesus brought lasting reconciliation, by breaking down the wall of seperation, and making Jews and Gentiles one in himself.
“Therefore remember! that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
Christ Accomplished our Unity
According to Paul, the “Gentiles who were once strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world, and who were afar off have been brought near, by the blood of Christ.” Because of Christ’s blood, these former strangers are not only at peace with God, through repentance of sin, but now they also have peace with their fellow man, who they were once at odds with.
How was this unity between Jesus and Gentile made possible? Christ made them one in Himself, and in doing so also made the two groups one by breaking down the dividing wall of hostility, abolishing in His flesh the enmity.
Do these verses in Ephesians teach that there will never again be sharp disagreements and divisions among people from different backgrounds? Of course not, but as Bible-believing Christians we have to start the conversation on “racial” reconciliation where the writers of scripture start and that is, in Christ, we are already united.
Now that we have been united by Christ what should our response be? We have to walk that unity out. In other words, Christians are not fighting for unity in the Church, rather we are fighting from unity in the Christ.
This is why I believe the Racial Reconciliation message is a false gospel, at least in its application. I believe the proponents of this movement, albeit with good intention (giving the benefit of the doubt) are actually adding to the message and work that Christ has already accomplished on the cross.
In Christ, we are one, Period.
In Christ, we are one, Period. The unity that Christ accomplished in himself has to be our starting ground. In turn, we have to reject all this talk about racial reconciliation because according to the Scriptures the “races” have already been united in Christ.
Make no mistake about it, any time we start adopting language that the bible does not use (Racial Reconciliation) we run the risk of adopting ideas that the bible does not teach.
- Instead of playing the devils game and exerting our energy on a false unity offered to us by worldly philosophy, let us strive to maintain the bound of peace we have in Christ.
- Instead of allowing the language of the world to control our thinking, let us put on the mind of Christ and think His thoughts, again, living in light of what He has accomplished for us.
- Instead of embracing the lies of the culture and yeilding to our deceptive hearts, we must walk in the Spirit and love our brothers and sisters that look different than us, knowing that in Christ we are all one.
By faith, let us walk in the Spirit and live these truths out.
“Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation.” C.H Spurgeon