July 5, 2020
This is the reality that we're hurtling toward - a Church rich in ethnicity, language, skin tone, cultures, and yet... unified by the blood of the Lamb. This is a reality that we are to live in right now

In this video, Dr. Jemar Tisby gives us a theology of race according to the Bible, which makes it clear that God’s plan of redemption always included and will culminate in an ethnically diverse but unified people, all saved by the blood of Christ, by grace through faith in HIm. Revelation 5:9 says:

“And they sang a new song, saying:
You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” ~ Revelation 5:9

Revelation 5:9, NKJV

And Revelation 7:9 further reveals that:

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” “

Revelation 7;9, NKJV

And Dr. Tisby summarizes the Biblical account as follows:

“Brothers and sisters, this is the reality that we’re hurtling toward – a Church rich in ethnicity, language, skin tone, cultures, and yet… unified by the blood of the Lamb. This is a reality that we are to live in right now.”

Dr. Jemar Tisby, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=XgBbqi_rzuc

A Caution About “Colorblindness” though…

This does not mean to imply, however, that we should fall prey to the unbiblical but common misconception in America that we can be, or are “color blind.” Though most often without any malice whatsoever, that thought process typically skips over and leaves unexamined our biblical need for deep introspection into our own preconceived notions about race, and thus precludes both our growth and our sincere and meaningful repentance. And because of that, it also precludes the deep healing such growth and repentance would make possible by those scarred beyond our comprehension by our explicit (recognized) and our implicit (unrecognized) racial sin. We must first see color, and the privilege or lack thereof our social construct of race has bequeathed upon white and Black society, respectively, in order to dismantle and repent of it. Thus, to harbor such a belief prolongs our inability to come together in biblical, and real, racial equity and harmony. Let us first examine our hearts, and take the steps necessary to dismantle our current, systemically racist systems, and put in place ones where our neighbor is truly loved as we love ourselves. As Revelation 5:9 and 7:9 foreshadow, God will be satisfied with nothing less.