There is only one race  

In a recent sermon that I preached on a Sunday morning, I proclaimed from the pulpit that there is only one race. This isn’t the first time I’ve said such a thing. It’s my Biblical worldview that causes me to believe such a claim. I don’t believe in a black race, a white race, an Asian race, or any other types of races. The only race that exist is the human race.

I want to elaborate on what I mean. I think back to creation, again holding a Biblical worldview, I believe that God created all that is in existence. In the beginning of the Earth, God created one man and one woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image: imago Dei (Genesis 1:27). From the reproduction of Adam and Eve comes all the people of the nations. Therefore, we all share the same beginning. Since we all have the same beginning, then we must all be considered to be created equal. No matter the color of our skin, we all are created in the image of God. ALL of us are fearfully and wonderfully made by the creator (Psalm 139:14).

Now I do believe in different ethnicities. An ethnicity is a group of people that share similar social, cultural, and/or national backgrounds. This came about when God scattered the people into different nations (Genesis 11:1-9). We all have a different cultural background that does cause a difference in the way we approach certain situations or problems. We should all respect and celebrate each other’s ethnic background and culture, but there is still only one race, the human race.

Darwinism, evolution as the origin of species, believes that all aren’t created equal and that even some “races” are more evolved than others. If you hold to an evolutionary worldview, then you may be lead to believe that some people are not as important as others. If they are weaker and “less evolved,” then they should die out, a process called natural selection. A Darwinist would not be as concerned about others unless that person will have some type of effect on them. Evolution, as the origin of species, wouldn’t care about racism as it suppresses others and their advances in life.

As a believer in Christ, I hold to the truth that the only cure for racism is the Gospel. The Gospel cures all hate. Those that truly believe in Jesus Christ should never hold hatred toward another person, especially because of the color of someone’s skin. There is no room for racism in the Christian faith and in the Church; we are all created equal by God. The blood that was poured out on the cross to cover my sins is the same blood poured out to cover the sins of the man whose skin differs from mine. I believe, in the bottom of my heart, that one day I will hold hands with men and woman that look nothing like me and together we will stand around the throne of Jesus and worship Him for all eternity (Revelation 7:9-10).  We will stand there as one race, the human race, celebrating our Creator and Redeemer.

The video below does a wonderful job to explain this worldview of mine and the science behind why we have different skin colors. The video was done by the people at Answers in Genesis. Check them out!

10 ways I pray for my wife, who I haven’t met

I’m unmarried. I’ve been this way for going on 28 years, lots of practice. I’ve built up a little bit of wisdom during all these years of singleness and I want to share what little I have with you. I’m satisfied with my current marital status. Not because I don’t want to be held down by a wife and family, on the contrary, I deeply desire to get married and have kids, but I’m still satisfied. I know that in God’s sovereign plan over my life, I am where He wants me. I don’t know when or if I will ever get married. I try not to allow that to consume me, even though nearly everyone I know is in a committed relationship. I am learning to be joyful and content in whatever lot in life God gives me. (Philippians 4:11)  I look at each day of my singleness as another day to grow into the man God wants me to be and that my future wife and children will need me to be. With that being said, I do pray for my future wife and this is how……

 

  1. I pray her relationship with Christ deepens.

I want my future wife to know Christ on a deeper level each day. I hope that her heart is growing in love with Jesus more and more. I want her to know how wonderful and beautiful the Father’s love is for her.

  1. I pray her heart is guarded.

I’m praying that God is guarding her heart from all these boys that are running around pretending to be men. I hope she is taking the steps in her own life to protect her heart from their false hope and childish games.

  1. I pray God is growing her.

I want God to grow the faith she has for Him. I pray that He is teaching her and preparing her for the plans and future that awaits her. I trust and believe that He is.

  1. I pray that she is serving Christ right now.

I hope that she is finding ways to serve Christ. I pray that she is involved in a church and serving God through the local body of believers and other ministries.

  1. I pray that God is freeing her from past disappointments

There is a great possibility that my future wife has already been let down by a relationship of the past. I pray God will free her from that pain and heal her heart, so that she will be able to pursue the love God intends for her.

  1. I pray that she will be put into my path.

I’m praying God will open doors for her that will lead her right to me. I’m praying that those doors are the doors of Christian growth. On our journey to each other, I desire for both of us to be maturing in our faith in Christ.

  1. I pray God is helping her patience

Even though I haven’t been married, I know without a doubt that patience is a big deal when it comes to marriage. I know this because I deal with people daily. I also know that if she is going to marry me, Lord help, she will need a LOT of patience.

  1. I pray that she is dumb enough, I mean, open enough to me pursuing her.

I’m joking about this one… kind of…… I do pray she will be open to me pursuing her in a relationship.

  1. I pray that she is praying for me.

I don’t want it to seem that I am just concerned about what she is doing and how she will act towards me. I’m praying and working, number one, on myself. I hope that she is praying all these things for me. I know I need to do a lot of growing in order to be the type of man she deserves to marry.

  1. I pray that I will love her the way she deserves to be loved.

I know this one isn’t really about my future wife, but in a way it is. I’m praying that I will show her the kind of love that God intends for a man to have for his wife. I want her to know that love, not just in words, but in deeds and actions. I want to honor her not only when we get married, but right now in the choices that I make. She deserves it and I will lay down my life to make sure she knows it. (Ephesians 5:25) I pray God grows me more into that man everyday.

I hope this will be an encouragement and help to you. God Bless!