Hate and racism are cancers. Their object is deformation and destruction. Those who incubate these diseases (in whatever stage) in their hearts deform the Image of God in themselves and destroy others made in that self-same Image. This violence against another—nation, sate, race, party, or person—in the name of God, religion, supremacy, difference, or fear is a malignant twisting of truth. Facing down the malignant cancer of racism is a major calling of Christians today.
The heart breaking, hate driven shootings in Buffalo, NY and a second shooting a day later in a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, CA that may have been racially motivated only highlight a deeper problem.
White Christians need to join our sisters and brothers of color in the battle against this unbiblical and unChrist-like hate. Like cancer, the more we deny or ignore it the more it spreads.
How To Face Down Racism
We must admit it exists even in our own lives and churches. We need to talk honestly about it. And we need to act against it, including praying for God to show us the beauty of his diverse creation of humans. Below is a prayer I wrote to help bring us into alignment with God in understanding diversity.
See you in
A billion faces of humanity spilled from your artistic heart.
Intricate conceptions living on landscape harsh and grand.
Daubed with brilliant and eternal hints of you.
Each a single expression of your face,
Though even together not complete,
Fallen now like tarnished snow,
A vast gallery in need of everlasting grace.
Forgive me for closing my eyes
And heart to your delicious
Forgive my fear that casts out love
Of those different from me.
Cleanse me and our world of this cancer.
Give me eyes of wonder and compassion
That see as worthy
The small and great, strong and weak,
Young and old, poor and rich,
Twisted and torn, them and us,
Because of your exquisite touch.
Let me see you
Even, yes, even in my enemy.
You can find an older version of this prayer here.
My blogs In the Face of Painful Racial Injustice, How Should You Respond? and A Prayer Against Violence: An Honest Conversation with God will be of further help.