In the opening chapters of the Bible, we read that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created in the image of God. Even after sin entered the world and God judged the wickedness of humanity through the flood, humankind still bore the image of God.
In the closing chapters of the Bible, we read that heaven will be populated with people from every tribe, tongue, language, and nation. Every race, social class, gender, and nationality will gather to give praise and glory to God the Father.
In between the opening and closing chapters of the Bible, we read that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus came to give life and to give it abundantly. Christ followers are given the command to go into all the world to preach the gospel. We are to make disciples of every nation.
If God’s plan includes people from every race, language, and people group, then racism, injustice, rioting, looting, murder, greed, and inequality are evils designed by our enemy to devalue and destroy human life. These sins are evils that rob individuals and societies of hope. They divide cultures and races and set them against each other and their creator.
Like the prophets Daniel and Nehemiah, Christ followers should confess the sins of our nation. We should mourn injustice and the loss of human dignity. We should grieve for the loss of hope, peace, and purpose. We should repent of our pride, arrogance, and indifference.
As Christ followers, we should pray for peace. We should work for justice. We should strive for reconciliation. But we cannot stop there. At the same time, we must boldly proclaim the gospel. It is only through salvation in Jesus Christ that our world can change. It is only through a personal relationship with Jesus that lost people will regain hope and peace. The Great Commission calls us to make disciples. We can change the world one heart at a time.
Pray for peace and reconciliation. Share the message of hope and grace.