Racism denies the power of the gospel to reconcile different people to God and to one another, and it is offensive to the Father who sent his Son for this very reason.
It is important to understand:
Law within the context of covenant (Deuteronomy 5:1-6);
Rules within the context of relationship (Colossians 2:20);
Obedience within the context of faith (Romans 1:5).
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more.
Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.
Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control
Holy, blessed and glorious trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me.
Almighty God, Creator and sustainer of the universe, I worship you.
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord of the World, I worship you.
Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the people of God, I worship you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever, Amen.
God is always ready,
but we are very unready;
God is near to us,
but we are far from Him;
God is within, but we are without;
God is at home, but we are strangers.
By Meister Eckhart
Ever since the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity there has been pressure for church leaders to lower the bar of morality for political leaders who support them.
As a consequence, whilst the Christian understanding of salvation has tended to remain anchored in Christ, the Christian understanding of morality has tended to lose its moorings in the life and teaching of Jesus. Sometimes finding anchor in Moses and other Old Testament figures instead, sometimes drifting even further.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul speaks of the obedience that comes through faith. This suggests that progress in the Christian life comes, not through cultivating guilt and shame, but through cultivating faith. And an effective way of cultivating faith is through meditating on the faithfulness of God. In other words, soaking in the power of the gospel.