The Gospel’s Response to Charlottesville

Galatians 3-28

I’m just getting caught up on the news from the weekend and deeply disturbed by the events in #Charlottesville. Yet sadly, I’m not shocked.

The world is corrupted and so are we. Sin is widespread, and there is only one cure. Those who claim Jesus as Lord and support the evil and hate in Charlottesville are terribly misled, and what Scripture would refer to as “warped and sinful … [and] self-condemned” (Titus 3:11)

The true gospel message, the one embodied in Jesus Christ – the perfect image of a holy, loving, and just God – is one that obliterates the walls of hate, racism, sexism, and socio-economic status. In the height of the first century, when it mattered more about what you were than who you were, the gospel cuts through to the heart and draws us to our true humanity that is found in Jesus Christ. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

As a believer in Jesus Christ, redeemed and justified by His free grace, I am compelled and deeply motivated to see the walls of division across humanity broken down and people restored towards peace and unity. I’m motivated because of my own relationship with Jesus. I’m unworthy, broken, and stained with sin, unable to sit at the table, enjoying God and His presence. It doesn’t matter who we are, rich or poor, American or Korean, white or black, male or female, liberal or conservative, we all suffer from the same sin condition. We believe the worst about one another and distrust those different from us.

However, in Christ, we find redemption and restoration from our sinful self, healing and freedom from our fallen state, and a grace that is undeserved, unearned, and loving beyond measure. Christ’s work on the cross was not only a moral work, but a cosmic one. The Cross reminds us that Jesus died to end the life-crushing effects of sin in all of creation. Christ exchanged His perfect life for our imperfect ones. The Cross reflects the just paying the penalty for the unjust to put an end to injustice. When our lives are surrendered to Jesus, we are elevated to His status – righteous, holy, and justified – by a supernatural adoption into God’s family, and inheritors of an ancient promise (read the next line after Galatians 3:28).

The Cross reflects the just paying the penalty for the unjust to put an end to injustice.

When we receive such a grace and inheritance, we suddenly realize we are part of a Kingdom that knows no boarders, no division, and no ranks. We are truly “one [people, humanity, society] in Christ Jesus”. The gospel condemns racism – it’s evil and contrary to a God who loves and creates every life under the sun. May we continuously return to the Cross and live for the Kingdom.