There is only one race: the human race.
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (Acts 17:26).
As Christians we believe that every person on earth has the same human father, and are therefore all family by blood. In light of the recent xenophobic violence in our country it’s certainly true to say ‘we’re all African’, but perhaps it’s even more pertinent to say ‘We’re all human’.
As Christians we can even take that one step further: ‘We’re all one’. Ephesians 2:11-22 is one of the clearest statements in scripture that we are reconciled with one another, across all ethnic divides, due to our common reconciliation as individuals with God. We have a brand new identity when we are in Christ, one that transcends all other allegiances. In a way, Jesus was the end to all ethnocentrism.
The bottom line is that the Gospel unites people across all demographics, and merges them into a family with an identity stronger than national patriotism:
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19).
This is something we have to fight for. The roots of xenophobia are the roots of all sin: Pride, Greed & Fear. These forces are rife in every area of our society, and the devil will leverage them to bring violence and destruction in all sorts of forms.
But God is already victorious over the devil, as demonstrated in the Gospel. In reality, only the Gospel cuts through our pride, greed and fear. That means the Gospel is our only hope in times like these.
So lets pray for our country, lets pray for victims of violence, but lets mostly pray for the Gospel of reconciliation to be spread in our country.
At the same time, commit to being a Gospel witness whoever you are, wherever you are, and to whomever you come into contact with. Be an active peacemaker through the Gospel. Our country depends on it.