“I hope this book is obsolete by the time our kids get older,” I expressed to my husband.
And then I wrote this for the book’s dedication:
This book is dedicated to my children. I pray when you get older you would wonder why mom would write such a book. I pray God would be glorified and you would be encouraged. You are a joy to me, your mom. I love you!
I’ve heard people say, “Aren’t we past race? Can’t we just move on?” I so wish this was true. I wish that we were able to move along. But, tragically, we aren’t and until we are able to see one another and not make assumptions or harbor hate and bitterness based on the color of our skin, we will need to continue to about race, diversity, and unity.
United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity was written for my children and for your children.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a beautiful vision of little white boys and girls and little black boys and girl playing together. We are most definitely closer to that vision today than when Dr. King made his famous speech. There are times when you can go to a playground and see these beautiful kids delighting in the joy of youth and innocence together. And yet, when we go to our churches, how often is this the picture we see? After church what does the picture of our tables look like? Throughout the week, who are we inviting into our homes for dinner?
When we discuss racial reconciliation, there often appears to be a desire for those of varying ethnicities to relate and merely “get along.” I believe people genuinely desire for others to love one another and to accept each other. But God’s Word takes it a step further and into much more meaning.
As Christians, we aren’t merely to get along, we aren’t merely to love, but we are to love as if we are blood-related sisters and brothers! We are the body of Christ. When God created the world, He did not distinguish between who would be made in His image. Every person, all ethnicities, are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27). In Acts 17, Paul addresses the people of the Areopagus saying, “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…” (Acts 17:26, emphasis mine).
The implications are astounding! Think about it. You and I are made in the very image of God.
The dark racial history in the United States could distract us from the barrier-breaking, history-smashing gospel of Jesus Christ. But instead, by the grace of God and because of His Spirit, we can relate to one another as brothers and sisters and we can teach our children to do the same.
How is this possible?
Because there is no greater love than the love displayed on the cross on our behalf. Jesus broke all barriers. The gospel unites—should unite—all believers, especially in the area of race and ethnicity. The gospel breaks barriers such that I can fellowship, dine with, dance with, pray with, and enjoy Christians from all ethnicities without hesitation or prejudice. We are all quite different and come from various backgrounds. But we have one thing in common—a love for the gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Today continues the 5 book giveaway! To enter simply respond to one of these questions:
How do you think we might encourage diversity in relationships?
What are ways that you show hospitality to your neighbor?
How have you taught your children about diversity?
If you’d like to purchase United, you may do so here.
This giveaway has ended. Winners were selected randomly, will be contacted via email and are listed by comment number from this week’s posts. Congratulations to those who won!
#2 (Monday’s post) – Susan Smith
#38 (Monday’s post) – Cheryl
#75 (Monday’s post) – Lindsey Woolard
#13 (Wednesday’s post) – Nicole Stone
#23 (Wednesday’s post) – RJ