The Christian season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. During this period, some choose to willingly give up a pleasure, such as chocolate, or make additional sacrifices on behalf of others. Thus, I was intrigued when I read the following headline about how one church was observing this tradition. They were observing a fasting from whiteness. As part of their activities, they would abstain from signing any songs that were written or composed by White people. Instead, they would only focus upon songs written by African-Americans, South African freedom songs, and Native American traditions.
In their church website, they advocate a policy of inclusion, “valuing people of all races, ethnicities, cultural identities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities in every aspect of our congregational life.” The irony of their self-proclaimed inclusiveness is that it isn’t; it is discriminating against whites!
God loves all people because He created us. While we may differ by race, ethnicity, and a myriad of other identities, we do have a shared identity. We are all sinners. Instead of focusing upon the differences that divide us, shouldn’t we focus upon God who unites us?
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Instead of invoking actions that can lead to further division, Christians should focus their attention upon our only true hope in this world broken by sin. Jesus Christ stands at the door of our hearts and gently knocks. He is asking all of us to confess and repent of our sins and accept Him as Lord and Savior. He asks with kindness that is intended to turn us from our sins. Let’s look to Jesus Christ for our inspiration for inclusion. He makes no distinction. He came to save all sinners.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.