God’s love does not discriminate
    January 27 2016 by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Our nation recently paused to remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although much time has passed since Dr. King’s life was tragically cut short, his timeless message of equality for all people still rings true today.
     
    As we continue to reflect on Dr. King and his message, I would like to draw your attention to another day we recognize as Southern Baptists – Racial Recognition Sunday. This year Racial Reconciliation Sunday falls on Feb. 14, the day we traditionally celebrate as Valentine’s Day.
     
    I believe it is fitting for us a denomination to have these days coincide with one another on the calendar this year because God’s love does not discriminate by race or ethnicity.
     
    The love of God and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ are for all people. The sins of racism, racial injustice and inequality are not just social issues; they are gospel issues because each and every person is made in the image of God.
     
    Although progress has been made with regard to race relations in our land, the truth is there is much work that still needs to take place. Sadly, our very own national convention has not always taken the correct stand on issues related to race and inequality at times in its history.
     
    I am thankful, however, that some years ago the Southern Baptist Convention publically acknowledged and apologized for the sins of the past and vowed to oppose racism in all of its forms in the future. Again, progress has been made, but there is still more work to be done.
     
    I am not naïve enough to think that the age of racism has ended.
     
    There is still a lot of racial prejudice that exists within our state, our nation, and sadly, within our churches. It is heartbreaking to think about the horrible acts of racism that have been committed not only in our history, but even in recent years.
     
    As followers of Christ, we are to abhor racism, as Christ abhors racism. Our calling is to show the world that we want no part in racial prejudice, and we need to demonstrate that not only with the words of our mouth, but also the actions of our life.
     
    As we look forward to Racial Reconciliation Sunday, I urge N.C. Baptist churches and individuals to celebrate our oneness and unity in Christ Jesus with other congregations. Yet don’t allow this to be a one-time recognition on a calendar.
     
    We must join together to move forward and make an impact for the gospel while praying that the power of Christ’s love in us will remove any and all prejudice in our lives. I challenge you to take action against racial prejudice in any form. Whatever the color of our skin, regardless of our different nationalities, if we are trusting in Christ as Savior and Lord, we are one in the bond of love.
     
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” – Galatians 3:28 (NKJV).

    1/27/2016 11:13:13 AM by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
    Filed under: Racial Recognition Sunday, racism, SBC




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