Romans 5:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
Peace and Hope
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c]also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
These words belong to everyone. There is no hierarchy in Christianity. No better Christian, no color or sexual preference gold stars given. There is simply no one more worthy than anyone else of ‘God’s love being poured’ into our hearts. The Bible teaches we all are flawed and yet, miraculously, we are all loved and forgiven.
So if we believe this, how is it that we have racial bias buried deeply within us and we find this so difficult to admit?
I went to a workshop given by the Women’s Interfaith Network. Jewish, Muslim and Christian women gather to share our stories and get to know one another. The speaker that day demonstrated, by leading us through various exercises, that we all have racial and religious biases whether we want to admit it or not. It takes some maturity and raw honesty to reach deep inside and look at our biases.
Once explored and admitted, the next step is to act. Ask God for guidance. Step out of your comfort zone in faith. Show up and speak up. Know that God loves all his children. We are family.