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!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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  1. Amen! Well expressed, Kirk!!


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