It can be discouraging to see racism embedding itself within the structures and systems of culture and individual hearts, but even more so, within the walls of the Church. Watch as Dr. Tony Evans shows us the role we each have to play in repairing racial divides.

one of the most daunting issues that

we’ve had to grapple with

as a country and as a culture is the

issue of

race the problem

of race has dominated us from beginning

to end

and every day in one form or another

it hits us in the face

and we wonder often is there ever going

to be a solution

to this problem that lives in infamy

in our minds in our hearts and in our


one of the things that has divided

people along political social

cultural and class lines

is the issue of race and the sin of


i’ll never forget my first

confrontation with racism at about 10

years old when

my father was driving me in baltimore

passed a white tower restaurant

and i asked my dad about getting a


and he informed me we couldn’t go in

there to eat because

they didn’t allow negroes as he would

say then

into the place confused i wanted to get

a little clarity on

on why and he began to give me my

basic orientation to the problem of race

to the problem of racism it became

more amplified growing up in baltimore

when i found out that there was some

quote-unquote evangelical churches that

we could not visit

or go in because of

segregation and

illegitimate divisiveness

and so that began a journey for me

to look at this subject not only


but bibliocentrically and theologically

the issue of race is not new or unique

to us

it was replete in biblical times as well

for example in numbers chapter 12

there was an interracial marriage

between moses and

african woman twice in verse one

she’s called the cushite the african

woman that moses married

this caused a sibling chaotic

abandonment of their brother and

spiritual leader

of the nation because of the interracial


to a black woman so incensed

was god at their racist

mentality at the institution of marriage

that he himself

had established that god came down and

he judged them particularly miriam his


turning her skin white until she


of her racism

what exactly is racism

racism is a conscious or unconscious


in the security of one race over another


that manifests itself

in the use of power or influence or


or communication used to reject

or oppress people of another ethnicity

and it has imbibed itself

not only in individual hearts but in

structural realities so that whether


economic or social structures or

political structures

or educational structures or medical


they filter themselves through so that

whether known or unknown it becomes just

the way

people accept as normal ways to operate

what makes it worse

is when this attitude and or action

finds its way in the life

of god’s people and the reality is

that unless we can fix it

in the church house why would we expect

it to be transformational

in the culture so rather than

skip the issue since god doesn’t skip

the issue and since we are

continually in this mirage in this mix

of racial confusion and calamity

why don’t we appeal to the word of god

to understand how we are to relate to

one another

in the church house so that we can bring

transformation all the way up to the

white house

because when god’s people can get it


then we have something to offer the


when writing to the church at ephesus

paul spends the first half of the

chapter talking about the magnificent

grace of god

he tells us we are saved by grace

through faith

he tells us that in the ages to come god

wants to

manifest his grace he comes in verse 10

and he says it’s because of this grace

that we are now

workers we need to get to work and get

the job done

now that we’ve been redeemed by jesus


but curiously

when he finishes talking about grace

he goes to race he moves from grace to


and he says that the first work of saved


of people who named jesus christ ought

to be the work

of racial reconciliation he says that

the very first thing

because in verse 10 he tells us

about our work but then beginning in

verse 11

all the way through verse 22 he talks


race that grace should lead to fixing

the problems of race or to put it

another way

if you want if i’m not if we’re not

fixing the problem

of race it’s because we haven’t fully

understood the glory of grace

and he comes and he opens it up

to the biggest racial problem in the new


it was the problem between the jews and

the gentiles

therefore based on the grace of god that

ought to produce the work

in the people of god remember that you

formerly the gentiles in the flesh

who are called uncircumcised by the

so-called circumcision

which is performed in the flesh by human


the uncircumcised were the gentiles the


were the jews and like the berlin wall

that separated nato from wall from


there was a division not to be crossed

the jews rejected the gentiles they were


racially pure they were not religiously


and there was a divide between the two

but now both were claiming the same


paul speaks into this calamity and he

says now that you’re saved

you’ve got to fix this now that you’re


you’ve got to solve this now that you

name the name of christ the

problem was even though they were on

their way to heaven they hadn’t yet


can we all get along on earth it’s like

the saying goes

to live above with saints we love oh


would be glory but to dwell below

with saints we know that’s a whole

different story

because somehow the thought that we’re

going to do okay up there

doesn’t translate too well to us being

okay down here

and yet paul is not willing to wait for

us to get the glory

to fix this thing and to make it right

but the problem of race that leads to

racism and

other form and all of its form of


is because we bring our histories with


the gentiles only knew how to be


and the jews only knew how to be jewish

but yet they find themselves sharing the


faith and now belonging to the same


but they brought their past with them

you and i know it’s not easy to let go

of yesterday

especially when you’re used to it or

maybe there’s pain

in it but yet now you’re this new

creature in christ and

how do we fix this rather than have it

go on year after year decade after


century after century

reminds me of the story of the bear who

was in the 12-foot cage he was confined

to 12

square feet and he had lived in that

month after month year after year

so he only knew how to go 12 feet


he had been locked in to that reality

and existence

but one day he was transferred to a 36

square foot cage but when you know it

every time the bear walked 12 feet

it would stop turn around and go the

other way 12 feet

it would stop turn around and go the

other way it never took advantage of the

freedom it had

because it had gotten so used to living

in the confines of the past

that they couldn’t it couldn’t

press on to the future and so it was

that these jews and gentiles

or to put it in everyday language black

and white or

hispanic and black or whatever the group


yesterday can be so confining

to how you were raised what you were


what you experienced that you live in

your racial cage

and you’re not released to be in this

new environment

in which you find yourself so paul is

not going to stutter

he’s not going to skip the issue it was

true then

and it’s true now

now it’s very interesting that in sports

people can work out together

across the color line play on a team

together across the

color line it’s interesting that

that people can can do drugs together

because of the common drug that they’re


the bong or the pipe or the needle

it’s interesting that they can

do activities together but when it comes

to the family of god

we know how to split up quickly

and that is because there’s something we

do not understand

he says but

now verse 13

of ephesians 2. did you see that

but now now he’s previously said in

chapter 2 verse 4

but god he has talked about how bad off

we were apart from christ

and then he says but god he takes that


concept and now he says but now

in other words this is a whole new


this is a whole new reality this is a

whole new

circumstance and if you don’t get that

straight if you don’t understand

this new thing that god has done you’ll

be trapped in your old racial cage

our problem today is we’ve got too many

christians trapped

in their old racial identity

because they’re trapped there they miss

but now

he says but now in christ jesus

you who formerly were far off have been

brought near

by the blood of christ for he himself

is our peace making both groups into

one and broke down the barrier of the

dividing wall

by abolishing it in his flesh

which is the law of commandments


in ordinances so that in himself

he might make the two into one new man

thus establishing peace

now these are christians he’s writing

but they weren’t at peace

they were in conflict with one another

four times

between these verses up through verse 17

he uses the word peace

peace peace peace

and he says that this peace comes

with an understanding of what you are

now i do a lot of

marriage counseling the reason i do

marriage counseling is because couples

come to me

who in conflict there’s no peace in the


they’re at each other’s throat they are

talking about divorce

there’s anger misuse abuse insensitivity

and they come to me to help them sort

out their marital difficulties

i have discovered in the years that i

have done

marital counseling that the

problem is not rooted in what they are

bringing to me

what they are literally bringing to me

is a symptom

of something else but because the

symptom is in their face

they’re not able to deal with the root

that has produced the fruit

that brings them for marital counseling

you know what the problem is

they never understood marriage

let me say that again they never

understood what they got into

and because they brought their past with

them what their mamas and daddies taught


what their previous singlehood was like

they did not

understand that the two become one and

what that means

and how that looks and because they

never understood the root of marriage

they’re living in the fruit of conflict

because christians across the racial


color line culture line and class line

have not understood the root of what has

happened when you come

to jesus christ we bring all of that


and fight over it because we’re not

going back to the root

he says when you come to christ

god is not trying to fix something old

he’s trying to make something new he

calls it one

new man not fixing

two old racial people

he does not mean by this you lose your


what he is saying is your previous

identity is no longer your point of


let me say that again he’s not saying

jews aren’t jews and gentiles on


because he talks about jews and gentiles

throughout all of his letters

what he is saying is that this new thing

this new relationship is your starting


for everything else in your experience

with one another and how you are to view


the moment that this new relationship in


is not the starting point for your

racial identity

you will forever live in racial conflict

and confusion and debate and crisis

why because you’re starting at the wrong

place he says

he himself is our peace

in galatians 2 20 paul says i’m

crucified with christ

nevertheless i live yet not i christ

lives in me the life which i now live i

live by faith in the son of god

who loved me and gave himself for me you

know what paul is saying

i’m christian first that he is my

identity and he is my point of reference

now you know when he said that he said

that in the midst of a racial problem

because peter stopped eating with the

gentiles he found out that the gentiles

could cook

he started eating with the gentiles

because god said you got to cross the

railroad tracks

you got to learn how them them folk over

there know how to make the chitlins and

the neck bones and

and you need to learn how to eat some of

their food and so

he started eating with them until his

voice from the hood showed up

beginning in galatians 2 verse 11 when

the when

when his jewish brethren showed up he

left the gentiles because his jewish

brethren wouldn’t accept the gentiles

and he didn’t want to lose acceptance in

his own race and paul says when i saw

that he was not acting in concert with

the truth of the gospel

i confronted peter before them all

because he was embarrassing the cross

i don’t care what his background was i

don’t care what his

racial identity was he was messing with

jesus christ

what we have not discovered in our

racial conflict and confusion is that

we’re messing with jesus christ

because he is our peace he is our

point of reference he is the one who has


one new man or to put it in everyday


you are christian first

and your color your culture must adapt

to that

my color and culture i don’t lose it i

adapt it

i adapt it to my relationship with jesus


which means he overrules it

when a couple gets married they’re

coming from different backgrounds

they’re coming from different

experiences but they’re coming into a

new relationship

and they’ve got to learn that that

relationship overrules that’s why you

leave mother and father

because mother and father are no longer

the last say so

i don’t care how much you love them how

loyal you are to them

how much investment they made in you

once you get married

that relationship no longer has final


that’s why you can’t say first of all

i’m a black christian

or a white christian because then you

make black and white and adjective

you make christian a noun and it’s the

job of the adjective to modify the noun

so if you’ve got christianity in the

noun position and your color in the

adjectival position

you’ve got to keep adjusting the noun of

your humanity

to the noun of your faith to the

adjective of your humanity

you’ve got to put christianity in the

adjectival position

your color and your culture in the noun

position so if anything changes

it is the noun of your humanity and not

the adjective of your faith

until black christians white christians

asian christians

hispanic christians decide i am

christian first

and i must i don’t have to lose my


i don’t have to give up my culture but i

must submit it

to the authority of christ when it comes

in conflict with him

until that kind of decision but you say

but we are so different i hear that in

so many marriages

we are so do when you were different

before you got married and you were

different before you got saved

and god welcomes that difference he

wants that difference

you say how can we all get along with

all of these differences

he says you know oil and water doesn’t


all the water that make uh you can stare

till you blew in the face

oil and water are not going to get along

their makeup doesn’t allow them to


their makeup doesn’t allow them to unify

and as soon as you force them together

they’re going to go back to their own

political isles social lives you know

racialized personality owls

they’re going to separate because

they’re just not made to get along

well sometimes they are

whenever i eat a sandwich i want


i’m not a mustard guy i’m a mayonnaise


i love mayonnaise now mayonnaise is made

of oil and water

but there is a process for me to get


that process is called emulsification

emulsification is the process of taking

things that

are disjointed and distinct

and adding an ingredient to bring them


so that they create something new water

is water

oil is oil but when you put egg in the

middle of the tube

egg will grab oil and egg will grab

water pull the two together so i can get

my mayonnaise oh yeah it does

i get mayonnaise because of


that even though oil and water can’t get

along when i introduced the egg

i have created something new without oil

becoming less than oil

and water becoming less than water but

i’ve created something brand new

it is time for the church of jesus

christ to create something new

to create something that the world has

never seen

to create a brand new church under the

lordship of jesus christ

without us losing our uniqueness but

creating something new

because jesus is our peace

he is the one who establishes a whole

different way of operating so that

people from different backgrounds can

still sit next to each other

so that the phd and the ged can still

hang out together why

because they belong in their loyalty

to jesus christ and he sits in the seat

of their relationship and he can

overrule them see we’ve got

too many black christians jesus can’t


we’ve got too many white christians

jesus can’t overrule

we’ve got too many christians of every

hue that jesus can’t overrule and you

know it

because they will quickly go back to

their culture well

i think i feel i was raised this way and


they’ll revert back on you real quick

which means they don’t understand

jesus is creating something new one new

man and he uses this concept this truth

to let us know that verse 16

he might reconcile both in one body to


through the cross jesus christ

wants to reconcile these are two races

he wants to bring harmony

unity togetherness

and he wants to do it through the cross

see the cross

is not a 2 000 year old relic it is a

contemporary reality

why because the cross

was established watch this

to deal with sin did you hear that

we spent our time wanting to talk about


the cross was established

to deal with sin but we want to spend

all of our time

talking about skin and if you spend all

of your time talking about skin

you’re going to miss sin because the

only reason that the problem with skin

is because we won’t address the sin you

don’t reconcile by simply saying let’s

all get along

let’s meet together let’s have a kumbaya

services together no

you must identify the sin apply the


address the sin through repentance so

that the reconciling work of jesus


can be ignited oh we

we mentioned the cross but the cross is

not the final

say so

and that’s why he says

having been built together he says in

verse 20

on the foundation of the apostles and

the prophets

christ jesus himself being

the cornerstone the cornerstone was the

alignment stone

that you lined up all the other stones

with it

it lined things up like a surveyor lines

things up the cornerstone

line things up and he says based on

watch this

the apostles and the prophets now the

apostles and the prophets

were set up

for the writing of the word of god so

when he talks about the prophets and the

apostles they’re not just people they

are biblical

authors so what is he saying

he is saying if you’re going to align

with christ you have to align with the

word of god

if you’re going to fix this race problem

the bible has got to overrule you

we got folk going to sociology books

before they go to the bible

we got folks studying critical race

theory before they go to the bible

we got folks reading white fragility

before they go to the bible

we got folk reading black history before

they go to the bible

no the bible sits on top

of all of those other things there may

be great legitimacy

to looking at this and seeing the

history and identifying the problems and

seeing how things are unfolding and

analyzing micro aggression and

looking into uh uh uh various other

implicit biases and

and there may be great benefit in

studying all of those reality as long as

the word of god sits on top of it and is

the point of reference for it

with jesus christ being the final

decision maker of it

but what we’ve got people doing

christians is going secular

and then have the audacity to judge the


the inherent errorless perfect

word of god by their secular university

or by their secular

the bible calls it human wisdom man’s


no you don’t get to you don’t get to

have mans that’s why

all this all this education we got and

we still haven’t solved the racial


you know why because we’re starting in

the wrong place

we’re not starting with what god says

about race black is beautiful

when it’s biblical white is only right

when it agrees with holy writ

and until you start there then you will

not be seeing the emulsification

of jesus christ and the power of the

cross to deal with the sin of racism

so that there can be bibliocentric


he says we’re reconciled through the


in acts 17 verse 26 paul says there’s

only one race

many ethnicities but there’s only one


see we even got the concept of race all

mixed up

god expresses himself in a multiplicity

of ways

but he says unless you understand where

i am in this process

and that i have set this thing up for

there to be differences

so that the whole body can benefit from

the differences

you can argue your point somebody’s

gonna argue that point and you will

never have reconciliation

because you won’t create something new

you know uh

i don’t drink black coffee uh

too bitter bad coffee is better than me

i i put some cream in it

okay and i got a sweet cream at that


i pour some sweet cream in my coffee


now the sweet cream is white

so i got black coffee and i got

white sweet cream so those are distinct


but when i pour my sweet cream into my

black coffee

i never got brown coffee i got a whole

different color

than what i started with i got black i

got white now i’m

enjoying brown because i’ve created

something new due to the mixture

and the new is quite acceptable to me

god is trying to create something new

and like

my cream and my coffee it’s now sweet

god can give us something sweet in the

body of christ so that we are a sweet

smelling savor of biblical


to the broader society

100 pianos that are tuned to the same

tuning fork

will intrinsically be tuned to one


see we got too many people playing their

own keys

and not operating under the reconciling

work of god

so so important

is this issue of reconciliation

so important the bible says in romans

chapter 16 verse 17

watch out for folk who bring division in

the church

not in accordance with the teaching of


watch out for racists in the church

watch out for people we had a guy at our

church and he was upset that more and

more white people were coming to our


and he said well look we got we got too

many whites coming now

i said well you better keep winning

blacks to christ he said well i’m not

sure i can keep coming here i said bye

i didn’t have a word i didn’t have a

seminar a workshop i can’t get

we all get along class no because you

don’t come into the church of jesus


and bring your secular rules you come

into the church of jesus christ to get

the teachings of christ

and to adjust to that

and the bangalore pastors would have

taken their stand

and say you don’t you know you don’t

bring white culture into the church

and deny people equal opportunity equal

access to worship the living god you

don’t get to do that

in the church of the living god now

maybe there were some problems maybe

there was some inequities

maybe there was some pain yes we must

show empathy

we must say i see you were hurt

i see you a struggle and we will walk

with you in

empathy but you don’t let empathy change

the rules

you don’t say because i’m being

empathetic christ no longer has the

final say so

we love you to the teachings of christ

he says watch those

who would divide the church why

because as the book of john chapter 17

verse 24

says perfect them in unity

so that they will see my glory you know

why the church isn’t seeing god’s glory

it’s because we’re illegitimately

racially divided

we’re not we we we use our culture and

our race

as an excuse not to reconcile

and as a result

the world doesn’t have a model to look

at so we’re fighting in here and they’re

fighting out there

we just sanctify our fight with a little

jesus on top

using christianese every christian

who names the name of jesus christ must

be actively

purposefully involved in reconciliation

because like a football team they’re

different races but it’s only one


different cultures but only one uniform

different backgrounds but only one


why because they all hit it toward one

goal line

one goal line we only headed toward one

goal line the exaltation of jesus christ

through his reconciled body

with the cross and the teachings of the

word of god

having the last word not what your mama

taught you not what your daddy taught


not what your culture taught you unless

it agrees with what god says

when we get radical believers who take

seriously the apostles and the prophets

and the teachings of jesus christ

i love the way the scripture puts it

the scripture says in colossians 1

verses 19

to 23 that if you want to see god you

better focus on reconciliation

because christ came to reconcile people

reconcile people vertically to him

reconcile people horizontally to one

another it’s time for racism to end

it is time for the racists to confess

their sins

it is time for those who refuse to


to confess the sin of unforgiveness

no justice no peace got that no

forgiveness no peace you better get that

both must be signed simultaneously true

for the one new man why

because of this scripture in second

corinthians chapter 5.

listen to what he says he says

beginning in verse 16 therefore from now


we recognize no one according to the


oh yeah he did you don’t judge people by

their earth suit you don’t judge people

by the color that’s getting their flesh

their physical humanity he says we know

no man

we don’t judge anybody by their

whiteness or blackness

or brownness we don’t we don’t well

that’s not where we start

we don’t look at people like that that

was the old life

that’s how hell looks at people first he


now that you know jesus christ that’s

never the starting point

he says but now he says

if people are in christ they are a new

creature now look at verse 18.

now all things are from god that’s our

new reference point

who reconciled us to himself

through christ and gave us here it is

the ministry of reconciliation

namely that god was in christ

reconciling the world to himself

not counting their trespasses against

them and he has committed to us

the word of reconciliation therefore we


ambassadors for christ you know what an

ambassador is an ambassador is somebody

who goes to another country on behalf of

their country

to represent their country on foreign


he says you are an ambassador for heaven

you’re not an ambassador for hell and

you’re not even an ambassador for earth

you’re on earth that’s the foreign

country but you are an ambassador from


and what’s your ambassadorship about

the ministry of reconciliation so you

should be healing folk

black people should be healing black

people and and

and connecting them over here white

people should be healing white people

and then vice versa

everybody ought to be healing somebody

else through correcting the sin

and providing the opportunity for

forgiveness and embracing and then

serving together to make a difference

for the kingdom of god

in the olympics if you win a gold medal

they don’t ask you what’s your favorite


no they they play the song of your

national anthem

cause while you may be an individual

you’re part of something bigger

you represent your country so i don’t


how black you are how white you are you

represent another country

and don’t get so high and mighty that

you forget you’re an ambassador

for another country and you and i and we

should be agents and ministers of


they ought to be healing you ought to be

healing stuff wherever you go why

because christ forgave you so you got to

help folk forgive

each other so that we can addressing the

sin not skipping the sin

but going toward the reconciliation as

the goal

let me tell you something as we wind


did you know in heaven whatever race you

are now will be the race you are in

heaven did you did you know that

if you black man you’re going to be

black in heaven okay whatever you are


that’s what you’re going to be if you

white in heaven

if you’re white now you’ll be white in


so hanging out in the sun and all that

ain’t gonna change that

because uh john said in revelation

chapter seven verse nine

he looked up in heaven and guess what he

saw he saw people from every nation

every tribe every kindred and every

tongue and he said he saw him

so there were visual differences so

whatever you

are is what you forever are gonna be

so anybody who doesn’t like who they are

you have insulted god you don’t have the

right if you black to want to be white

and you don’t have the right of you

white to want to be black because you

are who he is and what you’re ever going

to be

because god has set it up for eternity

to operate that way

in the meantime you and i are supposed

to be

modeling what is going to be there

but how we’re working it out down here

thy kingdom come thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven folks you

see a little bit of reconciliation there

because forever we’re going to be

reconciled up there so let’s get it on

let’s get it on and let’s give the world

something to see that overrides racism

that overrides evil whether it’s

individual or structural

and that demonstrates what the kingdom

of god looks like when people are held

to that standard

which will fix the things that are wrong

in their lives

because now they’re not trying to please

another race they’re trying to please

the king of kings

and the lord of lords in movies

they show you previews of coming


these are the hot clips of the upcoming

show always the love scene the fight

scene or the chase scene

because those are always a hot clips

because they want you to tune in based

on the

previews now you may tune in and be a

terrible show but you never know about

the previews

because the previews are always the hot


well one day there’s a big show coming

to town god is the producer the holy

spirit is the director

jesus is the superstar and it’s going to

be a worldwide production

but in the meantime he’s left you and me

here as

previews of coming attractions we’re

supposed to be the hot clips of the

upcoming show

people are supposed to see how we live

and how we relate to one another

as a clip of the kingdom that is to come

when they see how hot the clip is

through the church of jesus christ

across racial lines and cultural lines

when they say that clip is hot

that gathering is hot then they might

ask where can they buy a ticket to the

whole show

of course that’s when we can tell them

you don’t have to buy a ticket the price

has already been paid

and did you know the price for you has

already been paid

jesus died on the cross in your place

for your sins to pay the price

for your rebellion against him the price

has already been paid

and simply by acknowledging your

sinfulness to a holy god

and by placing your faith alone in

christ alone

as your substitute your sin bearer he

bore your sins on the cross and he will


his goodness for your evil his

righteousness for your sinfulness

he’ll do an exchange and make you

acceptable to a holy god yes he will

and he won’t charge you for it because

the price has already been paid

will you go to jesus christ right now

would you acknowledge your sinfulness

and your need for a savior and let the

lord know lord i’m a sinner and i choose

jesus christ

and his substitutionary death as payment

for my sin

thank you for forgiving me i now receive

the free gift

of eternal life and if you by faith will

accept him

he will give you salvation right now

and now father raise up an army of


who won’t skip the issue of race

but who won’t leave out the goal of


may that spirit consume your people

and cause us to follow christ our

eternal emulsifier

in jesus name amen

amen and amen