Here's an excerpt, check out his whole post HERE.
In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3.28/The Message)
Why is racism such a difficult topic and issue — including for Christians? Well, here are some of my reasons:
- It’s hard work. And people can be lazy. And talking about racism is an exhausting conversation because it brings up some deep questions. Reconciliation is hard work.
- Something called ‘Life.’ There’s lots of other things going on — umm, like the financial recession.
- Confusion. People don’t like confusion. Folks like clarity and certainty. We like answers.
- Conflict. People don’t like conflict and, well, the conversation of racism provokes conflict and strong opinions.
- Fear. People are afraid. Afraid to consider the possibilities that we’re racist, prejudiced, or implicated by our silence. Afraid to consider that we live as victims in a “victimized” mentality. Afraid to consider that we need to “give up” something. Afraid to “count the costs.”
- Apathy. People don’t care. We’re apathetic. And this is probably the scariest reason.
- What? We don’t think it exists. What racism? What prejudice? And this is probably as scary as #6.
- How? People don’t know how to talk about racism. We don’t have an agreed upon framework to engage the conversation and move toward peace and reconciliation.
- We want to forget the past and just “move forward.” It’s over. Heck, Obama is president. It’s a new day.
- [Insert additional reasons].
The topics of racism, prejudice, and reconciliation are indeed painful conversations. While I don’t necessarily believe that the answer lies exclusively with the church, I do believe the answer lies with the gospel. It lies ultimately with the message of ’shalom’ that God intended for humanity to live in fellowship with God and with one another — because we are created in the image of God.Check out the post at God's Politics, and also check out Eugene Cho's own blog at http://eugenecho.wordpress.com