I JOHN 1:8-10: “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” TLV
OBSERVATION: I am a White, Christian, Male. In the culture of our day I am presumed to be guilty of crimes and attitudes I have never committed or held. I am marginalized as the problem for the ills of our society, simply because of the color of my skin and the faith that I hold.
Yet, I am not innocent. I am a sinner, plain and simple. My sins are worthy of God’s judgment. Yet, I have found a Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord. I have come to Him, confessing my sins, and He has graciously forgiven my sin and cleansed me from all unrighteousness. This is why I am a Christian. I recognized my sin, and I brought it to the Lord Jesus Christ. I did not earn His forgiveness. It was freely given to me, as it is to everyone who repents of their sin and calls upon His name.
I was born white and male. I did not ask to be white, nor did I ask to be male. This was the work of the hand of God. It was the result of the union of my parents. It is hard for me to understand why I am being judged for something that I had no control over. And it is amazing that my heart is judged simply because of my skin color and my gender. No one knows my heart, except God. How can I be judged as a racist, bigot, hater, and the cause of this world’s ills?
Yet, I am not innocent. I am a sinner, plain and simple. My natural tendencies are to be selfish, judgmental, and unforgiving. However, I have found a new capacity to love, give, and forgive. The same grace that was poured out on me through faith in Jesus Christ, is also transforming my heart. Not only am I forgiven and cleansed from my sins, my heart is being renewed and restored to God’s original intent. I know have a new capacity to love others, even my enemies. It is the Lord Jesus Christ within me that allows me to pray for those that accuse me of the things that in reality I too abhor.
I believe in redemption. I believe that every person can be redeemed and restored by the grace of God. From the vilest sinner, to the one who thinks he is a moralist and is not even aware of his sin. God’s grace can forgive, cleanse, and transform every broken life. It is restoring mine. Therefore, I cannot hate someone simply because of the color of their skin, their gender, religion, or political viewpoint. How can a sinner, destined for hell, but redeemed by the love of God, pass judgment on anyone else?
Please don’t hate me because I am a White, Male, Christian. Please don’t discard me as damaged goods. Please don’t label me as racist, bigoted, or hateful. I am simply a sinner, saved by the grace of God. I love you and I am praying that you too can find the wonderful power of His transforming love.
- “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you—that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and keep walking in the darkness, we are lying and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of His Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 TLV
It is only when we experience the transforming power of God’s love through Jesus Christ that we are able to walk in true unity and fellowship. And as we do – the blood of Jesus Christ will continue to wash us, renew us, and transform us in His wonderful image of love.
I am a White, Christian, Male, a sinner saved by God’s Grace – and I love you!
In Jesus Name!