“And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:27-28 NLT
A solid part of my growing up, formative years were spent living in a low-income neighborhood in the near south side of Fort Worth, Texas. Even in that community of mixed skin tones, the issue of racism was pervasive. Never was it more apparent, however, in multiple directions, as when busing initiatives hit in 1973, completely flipping the racial mixes in schools throughout the city. No one was really prepared for what to expect in such racially charged times. Those three middle school years were terrifying, beautiful and challenging all at once. But the take-home lesson is that there is no place for racism in Christianity. Just as we are reconciled to God through the saving work of Christ on the cross, we are each responsible for carrying out the conciliatory work amongst our sisters and brothers of all shades, origins, and physical and mental barriers.
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