An Exhortation To White And Black Christians

Neal Pollard

I rarely modify the word “Christian” with adjectives like red, yellow, black, or white.  Occasionally, however, an event happens that threatens to divide God’s people of a racial nature.  The recently ended George Zimmerman trial in the death of Treyvon Martin is one such event.

It seems to me that so many children of God have reacted to the verdict in that trial along either political and, as often, racial lines.  Everyone from adherents of the NRA to those of the NAACP seems to have strong opinions and stronger reactions.  From such a long distance away from the facts of the case, many whose opinions are decidedly sympathetic to one side or another seem certain that either justice or injustice was served by the jury.

While forming an opinion about cases like this one may approach inevitability, there is a caution to be heeded.

We cannot allow the world’s division, whether due to politics, religion, race, or the like, to infect us and divide us.  That means that we should be very careful as we communicate with one another through the various means we use–Facebook and other social media, email, the Bible classroom and pulpit, and even our conversations with people.  Our passion cannot be rooted in these things that do not matter in eternity!  Eternal things ought to be our cause and obsession.

When I was a graduate student at Freed-Hardeman, Earl Edwards taught a course on missions.  He depicted the first-century scenario powerfully, asking, “Can you imagine Paul and the other apostles spending all their time picketing abortion clinics, lobbying Rome, or consuming themselves with the social causes of their day?”  His point was that the early Christians’ focus was on the living hope (cf. 1 Pet. 1:3).  They were not distracted by the causes and factions of their world.

Please be careful of rhetoric in defense of Zimmerman or lament of Martin that raises walls that Christ died to destroy.  While his focus was Jew and Gentile rather than black and white, his words apply to us today that Christ “is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation” (Eph. 2:14).  The wall of separation, in context, was the Old Testament.  But, the law represented that which kept the two groups apart.  Christ reconciles us in one body and makes us “one new man” (Eph. 2:15-16).

There will be no “white heaven” and “black heaven” (or whatever race comes to mind).  That being the case, we had better develop and maintain colorblindness on earth. Let the world be divided, if they will not submit to Christ. Let us be united, submitting to our Lord!

4 thoughts on “An Exhortation To White And Black Christians

  1. kenandjean92

    So sad how all this turned out. Nobody wins in cases like this. If only we could just tear down the only wall that matters and that is the wall that separates us from our Heavenly Father. All this causes is more strife between everybody and that is something that we do not need. Let’s all pray for both these families and for the Strife that has developed among all the people be put to rest and let’s get back to the real purpose that we all need to be doing and that is to seek and save the lost. Thanks for all your good work you and your wife do in the name of the Lord. Ken

  2. kenandjean92

    So sad how all this turned out. Nobody wins in cases like this. If only we could just tear down the only wall that matters and that is the wall that separates us from our Heavenly Father. All this causes is more strife between everybody and that is something that we do not need. Let’s all pray for both these families and for the Strife that has developed among all the people be put to rest and let’s get back to the real purpose that we all need to be doing and that is to seek and save the lost. Thanks for all your good work you and your wife do in the name of the Lord. Ken

    Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:40:18 +0000 To: kenandjean92@hotmail.com

  3. Anna

    Daniel, I agree with your comments on not being divided as Christians and that our number one focus should be on Christ and spreading His word.But we do not live under kings who command our way of life as in Jesus times. We are in a country where we have opportunities to change our society, Should we not make some kind of effort to try to stop abortions, stop teachings of homosexuality as normal.Don’t someone need to stand up and say this is wrong. Do our men die in vain to try to protect these rights if they are not important. I doubt that we would be able to be even be talking about God on Facebook to spread His word if someone had not stood up to protect our rights. I do know God is in control and we should seek Him first, but don’t you think he expects us to do our part as citizens in a free country. I do respect your opinions very much and I am just asking–not trying to be a mean.

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