Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since 1986, under a law signed by President Reagan, the third Monday in January has been set aside to remember the man’s influence on the Civil Rights movement. I think it is an important national reminder to the struggle for equal rights. However, I wish the day had never been established.
You see the reason that we have this day is because of sin. The racism that characterized parts of the country was sinful. It was outside of the command that, like God Himself, we should not show partiality. We should not judge individuals based upon their ethnic or racial makeup. This was a major sin in the Early Church, when Jewish and Gentile Christians could not get along. They had decided to view each other through external circumstances and thus they separated themselves from one another.
God was displeased with such then, and continues to be displeased with anyone who would make distinctions amongst people based upon race. As humans we are all united because we all have been given the image of God. As Christians we are all united in a special sense, because God has brought us together through the cross.
Today let’s take some time to reflect on some very important verses:
But if you show partiality, you are commiting sin and are convicted by the law as trangressors-James 2:9
Don’t show partiality–James 2:1
I most certainly know now that God does not show partiality-Acts 10:34
God knows our hearts. He sees our actions. He wants us to be like Him. Racism has no place in the life of the disciple of Jesus. May we learn from the mistakes of our past (and present).