This morning I woke up thinking again about racism. I thought about all the hurt and all the sadness.
Then I thought about the Holy Spirit.
I thought about the presence of the Living Christ in a hurting world who brings about a new kingdom. I thought about God’s word and its transforming power to make a darkened mind full of truth and light.
I thought about how the real enemy isn’t racism or people but the evil that empowers it. I thought about Satan. We’ve made our enemy too small.
And immediately, I remembered Ephesians 6 and our weapons of warfare. I thought of 2 Corinthians 10:5 and what it might mean if, by the power of God’s Spirit, we learn to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We need new thinking and new living in our nation. I think about two incredible moments in scripture that show us a picture of Jesus fighting racism: when He engages with the Samaritan woman and when the Holy Spirit tells Peter to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. Both groups were excluded and even hated.
Furthermore, one of the reasons why Ephesians is my favorite book of the Bible is because of how it shows us the way to end division, hostility, and separation–both from God and from others. We once were dead and enslaved to evil, but God makes us alive in Christ and seats us together with Him and each other in the heavenly realms. Maybe we’ve made our solution too man-centered. On this day, I ask for the Holy Spirit to pour out and bring the spirit of unity again.
We are all seated together at the same table. We are part of one body. Jesus came to end the evil of separation and division and the pain of racism. He shows us a new way to live–one we cannot produce in our dead spirits. We need the Holy Spirit to do the true work of healing–the deepest and truest work that uproots evil like only Jesus can.