The hope of racial reconciliation

Yesterday, social media and news outlets were saturated with the terrible news of two deaths of African American men by the police, and then last night nearly a dozen officers were shot by snipers, several of them dying.  These are terrible times, times that can fill us with despair, times that tear the country apart, set neighbor against neighbor, even Christian against Christian.  It’s in times like this that we need to look forward to a future hope, that it would change our hearts, minds, and actions today. 

In Psalm 22, we have a glorious hope: 

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. – Psalm 22:27

This Psalm was written about David’s situation, yet it finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.  On the cross, the Savior cried out its first verse:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? – Psalm 22:1a

On the cross, Jesus Christ took the punishment that sinners deserve on Himself, which gave Him such anguish that He could ask His Father why He had forsaken Him.  

And three days later, He rose from the dead, victorious over sin, victorious over death, and He is now gathering to Himself a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, whom He will save by His grace as they believe on Him.  In Him, there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, man and woman, black and white, cop and citizen.  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD.  

When we die—those of us who believe in Him—we will look at the diversity of the multitude of people whom God has saved, and we will glory in Him.  What a glorious day that will be. 

So, what does that imply for us today?  Every single human being, created in the image of God—whether here or in Dallas or in Orlando or in Istanbul—every human being is either a brother in Christ, or a potential brother in Christ.  And they should be treated accordingly.  Gone from our hearts should be hatred toward others.  Filling our hearts should be a love for all image-bearers: a brotherly love for all Christians in every tribe, tongue, and nation and a compassionate love for those who don’t know the Lord.  God help us to look forward to ultimate racial reconciliation, as we all will worship the Lamb who was slain, and God help us to love all men and women today. 

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