Dan Popp
The new race
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By Dan Popp
October 18, 2020

I used to be a white person. But I transitioned.

The current turmoil about race is artificial. It is manufactured. It is a lie. God solved all of our race problems 2,000 years ago, and He did it not by picking a winner, but by creating a totally new race and inviting everyone to be a part of it.

To Christians Paul writes:

    [You] have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.Colossians 3:10, 11 (ESV)

A real Christian isn't just a brown person or a white person or a black person (etc.) who has changed his religious opinions. He is part of a new species. Our previous ethnicity and social circumstances do not exist!

    From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:16-19

This new race is characterized by a mission of reconciliation. It's not interested in "getting even" for grievances, ancient or modern. All members of this higher, spiritual race are doing what our Father does: make peace, offer grace, reconcile.

So there are no white Christians or black Christians, or brown or yellow or red Christians. The old designations don't apply to this new life form. You'll find five races listed on the US census form, but in God's records there are only two.

    ...for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26-28

    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12, 13

The only two races that matter are the children of the devil and the offspring of God. All of us were born part of the first race. To get into the second you must be born again.

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Peter 2:9,10

In the Old Testament God chose Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to build an "other" ethnic group, one dedicated to Himself. Peter repurposes some relevant scriptures to say that God is doing that again, creating a spiritual race, in the New Testament.

When I say this is a spiritual race, some will think I'm speaking metaphorically. I'm not, and the Bible is not. Being a "member of the Body of Christ" is a metaphor. I'm not actually a kidney. You're not literally an eyelash. But the new, royal race is real – more real than physical race, which can identify you for only a few earthly years, at most. Believers are part of our adopted, heavenly race forever.

If you're a Christian, no matter your skin color, you are my brother or sister. Period. Our kinship goes far deeper than DNA, and infinitely transcends skin color. It touches the mystery of our spirits, which are both somehow in Christ.

This teaching of the brotherhood of believers is a steady drumbeat throughout the New Testament, starting in the Gospels. Jesus condemned the twisted tribalists who see categories instead of persons in the story of the "Good Samaritan." And He proclaimed to His disciples that "you are all brothers" of "one Father, who is in heaven." (See Matthew 23:8,9)

There are only two fathers, my friends. So there can be only two races. And there are only two destinies. You can't choose your skin color but, thank God, you can choose your race.

© Dan Popp

 

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