Are you Gracist?

  • Galatians 3:26–28So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Racial tensions and discrimination is out of control in America. You and I, we can take sides and build walls; or we can be gracists and build bridges.
 
What is a gracist?
Racism: speaking, acting or thinking negatively about someone else solely based on that person’s color, class or culture.
Gracism: the positive extension of grace and favor on other humans regardless of color, class or culture.  From Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, by David A. Anderson
 
In Jesus, we are one.
Race, class and gender, how well you jump through man made hoops, all become secondary to Jesus.  
It’s not that they cease to exist. 
It’s not that we cease to be white or black, cease to be rich or poor, cease to be male or female.
It’s not that we cease to make mistakes…it’s just that those things no longer are reasons to keep us apart.
We reach across those divides, and we show favor to those who are different from us, just as God did for us in Christ.
 
This is the gospel of gracism:
God’s grace not only makes us acceptable to Him, but to each other.
God’s grace not only heals our relationship with Him, but our relationships with each other.
God’s grace not only bridges the divide between us and Him, but between “us and them”. Now it’s just us.
 
We as believers, should be leading the way in reconciliation because God led the way in reconciling us to Himself.
Let’s be gracist this week!