There is Hope for the Racist

There is Hope for the Racist

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for many around the world. Whether it’s racist and violent protests, threats of nuclear war, or terrorism attacks, all of us have felt the tension and hurt. It could be very easy for us to begin to get depressed by what we see happening in the world. We see images of bodies being hurled into the air or explosions and we could easily think “why is this happening? Why is there so much hatred?”

The Bible has the answer to that question – sin. When Adam and Eve fell in the garden choosing rebellion over God, they set the course for humanity’s sinful ways. Sin is why there is evil in the world. Sin is why those signs say what they do. Sin is why people attack one another. Yet, there is hope for those who act out the sin that’s in their hearts.

Christ Died for the Racists, Terrorists, and Murderers

As much pain as we might feel toward those who act violently and hatefully toward others, we cannot fall into the trap of thinking that they are beyond God’s reach. No one is beyond the saving grace of Christ. No one has gone too far that Christ cannot reach them. This is clearly seen throughout the Gospels as Jesus is constantly reaching out to the lepers, the racist Pharisees, or even those hanging with Him on the cross.

Just look at the Apostle Paul. He was a racist Pharisee who hated Christians so much that he was eager to haul them to prison. He was part of an angry mob who murdered Stephen. While Christians would have seen Paul as a lost cause, Jesus saw Paul as His. He reached out to Paul and showed Him the truth. Paul received that Gospel and became a totally new man. He was used by God to have the biggest impact by any Christian ever.

So who are we to say that God cannot take a Neo-Nazi and rescue Him from his sinful ways?

Christian, do not look at the world and think that there’s no hope. Any person can be rescued by Christ. Any person can be transformed by Christ. Any person can be used by Christ.

I know it is hard to wrestle with the emotions of seeing such levels of hatred in the world, but remember Christ’s words regarding those who were murdering Him, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” The racists, terrorists, and murderers need the Gospel. Don’t give up on them. Remember, before Christ, you were no better in the eyes of God. Let us preach the Gospel to all sinners, pray for them, and look forward to the day when “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”