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Repent of Racist Hatred

  • Return to God in deep repentance of and brokenness over sin, denying self, and coming to God with complete humility.
  • Repent of any and all sin that has prevented you from being fully used by our Lord in fulfilling the Great Commission, such as hatred and racism.

In addition to idolatry, pride, and selfish ambition, hatred and racism are other sins that can prevent us from most effectively witnessing and living out the principles of the Great Commission. Hatred, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is “prejudiced hostility or animosity.” Hatred is not always bad; indeed, the psalmist commands “you who love the Lord” in Psalm 97:10 to “hate evil!” It is a biblical command to hate evil. As the (oft-abused) adage goes, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.” Jesus Himself commands us to love our enemies (Luke 6:27). And the greatest act of love we can perform is to share the gospel. But if we have prejudicial (racist) hatred for others, we will not love them, and we certainly won’t share the gospel with them “in love” as we ought (Ephesians 4:15). Let us then, repent of racist hatred.

Russell Moore, in his article against racism (which I’ve linked to above in the bulleted list), concludes rightly that

white [or black or Asian or any other ethnic] supremacy is idolatrous and not consonant with a gospel that finds us in Christ Jesus, a gospel that reconciles us to God and to one another (Eph. 2-3) and that crucifies every ounce of pride in the flesh (Phil. 3).

If we’re going to be missional, if we’re going to resurge together for the Great Commission, it will mean first recognizing that racial bigotry isn’t just “politically incorrect.” It’s of the spirit of antichrist, and must go.

“Racial bigotry”—racist hatred—is “the spirit of antichrist.” I’ll integrate T4G once more. One of the innumerable things I loved about T4G was the fact that it was a microscopic global worship. I say microscopic because there were only 7000 of us there, but I say global because there were people present from every continent (except Antarctica, but it has no truly native inhabitants anyway). There were blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians. It was truly a microcosm of heavenly worship. And we—we of different languages (ok, everyone knew English at least), we of different nations, we of different ethnicities—were able to worship together because we did not have racist hatred. Rather, we united to stand together for the (unadjusted) gospel.

Obviously, T4G will not happen again for another two years. BUT we can all foster interracial Christian unity in our communities by making church visitors feel welcome even when they’re not our same race. We are all different ethnicities, but we Christians—regardless of ethnic background—are all of the same chosen race of the spiritual Israel (Romans 2:29; Philippians 3:3).

Until we repent of racist hatred—until we possess a love that drives out the fear to sacrificially love people of a different skin tone—we will not be fulfilling the Great Commission. Jesus told his disciples to start in Jerusalem but to go “to the end of the earth,” which would include going to literally lawless Gentiles (Acts 1:8). Jesus doesn’t just want us to love and care about the salvation of people who look like us—our Lord commands us to make disciples “of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18). Not all of us will be foreign—or even domestic—missionaries, but the Lord calls us all to evangelize those we know who are lost, even those who are of a different ethnicity.

In our everyday lives, repenting of racist hatred looks like inviting coworkers of a different race to come to church with you. Repenting of racist hatred looks like starting a home Bible study for your neighbors, who are all minorities in your community. Repenting of racist hatred looks like praying fervently to the Lord for the salvation of not just our children and siblings and parents but also for the salvation of our unsaved friend who happens to have a different skin color. I remind you that if we do not love our spiritual brothers (and who is to say that some person we evangelize may not one day be born into God’s family?), we cannot say that we truly love God; I leave you with John’s apt words in 1 John 4:18-21.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

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