But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.  1 Peter 3:15
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Approaching Race From a Christian Perspective
Approaching Race From a Christian Perspective Bishop Jason C. Brewer, Senior Pastor King of Kings Christian Assembly Springfield, Illinois The terms like “Social Justice” and “woke” have become pervasive in the lexicon of contemporary American society. What these terms mean and the emotions they elicit greatly depends on ones upbringing, socioeconomic status, and life experiences. Because I am an American man who happens to be black, many may assume that I view life as one which is incapsulated and defined in context with “white supremacy” and racism. Many people in the U.S. view life issues through a racial lens; as black and white, due to some of the tumultuous times in our history. In my opinion, this message is sometimes overemphasized causing a litany of negative side-effects in our society, including “white guilt” and brainwash induced inferiority complexes of varying degrees among Black Americans, especially black males. As a Christian, I view things a bit differently. I think, as Christians, the appropriate position to take regarding this topic revolves around three things: How we view God. How we view ourselves How we view others 1) How we should view God is illustrated clearly in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 which states, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” So God and His will must be first priority for us as believers. 2) How do we view ourselves? I am a descendant of slaves brought to South Carolina by the Euro-American slave trade in the 1700s. Additionally, I have experienced implicit and explicit racism throughout my 50 years on earth; however, there is much more in my history than that. Not only are slaves a part of my history, I am the descendant of an African prince, who my family knows of as Prince Brown. That means royalty is a part of my natural history. My family tree includes visionaries, lawyers, doctors, educators, military, law enforcement, athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, millionaires, pastors and hard workers from many fields of endeavor. Many of my ancestors were Christian believers and some were not. Some were great parents and spouses and others were not. Thankfully, God is assessing me, and all of us, based on our own lives and how we lived it for Him, and not our skin color or for what our ancestors may or may not have done. Ethnically, aside from being black, my DNA contains Irish, Native American, and possibly Jewish lineage. That being said, why should I be defined as any one of those labels and experiences, especially those which dehumanize me and limit my being as one of emasculation and victimhood? All of these factors, good and bad have contributed to who I am to some degree. Because “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16), I am included in that good news. I am what the Word of God says I am. Since I am a believer according to scripture, I have been made whole and have been made a new creature, the old things are passed away, including ethnicity. In recent times, we have been hearing in the news arguments regarding how some believe that depictions of a white Jesus promotes white supremacy. I think it is irrelevant because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:16, that we “know him no more after the flesh.” He is Spirit. He has made a way for us all to be a part of His body. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 12:27) Therefore, I see myself as a Christian first. In the Acts of the Apostles, it clearly states chapter 17 and verse 26, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; circumcision of Christ...” We are one blood, one race, one body of Christ, full of love for God and people. Colossians 2:12 states, “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Because of these scriptures and others, I see life through the lens of being a new creature in Jesus Christ. 3) How do we view others? What many of us refer to as “The Golden Rule” is found Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 7 and verse 12, where Jesus said, "So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets.” (AMP) The golden rule is one of the most profound messages that Jesus left us. It gives us clear direction regarding godliness, righteousness, ethics, and behavior. It is an example of God’s love and how He has treated us just as He wants us to treat Him, and all men. This passage tells us, as believers, that we must live as the golden rule dictates while we live on this earth. We represent Him. In John’s Gospel Chapter 13, verses 34 and 35, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Those who are more fortunate, should help those who are less fortunate. Biases, including racism, cannot be legislated away. Just like our inherent rights, love does not come from legislation, it comes from our Creator; not by law, through the government; not through “cancel culture” and shaming; but from the hearts of men and women who love God and His people. As we learn to love like Christ, we learn to forgive those who have wronged us. We learn to pray for them, that God may save them also. Racism is just another product of sin in the world. Because of the love of Christ, we all have the opportunity to make a difference through following the example of Jesus Christ our Lord, and leading by example ourselves. Love is infectious. Let us make LOVE go viral and become the next pandemic. While I do not think racism will ever be completely eradicated in my lifetime, I do have faith that the next life will be glorious.
Posted By: Bishop Jason C. Brewer 7/7/2020 2:11:41 PM

I thank God for saving me!
John 3:16 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. I believe, therefore I speak. If you believe God saved you according to scripture, then don’t crack under the pressure. Don’t let any circumstances take that declaration out of your mouth and out of your heart. Stay the course and trust God.
Posted By: Bishop Jason C. Brewer11/3/2019 1:51:32 PM

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