Some say race is the prism through which we see things. As Christians, is this the case?
[Steve Myers] Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Geragos said something that really caught my attention. He said this, "Race determines everything in the criminal justice system." In fact he didn't stop there. He went on to say, "Nobody thinks of themselves as a racist, and I'm not accusing anyone of being a racist. What I'm saying is race is the prism through which people see things."
Now that took me back a little bit because if we claim to be Christians, should that be the prism that we see through? No. In fact it can't be. God says that it is not the kind of prism we should be looking through because that's not the way that He sees things. He sees things in a totally different way.
In fact, if you go to the Bible and see what the Bible says back in 1 Samuel it shows very clearly to us the way that God looks at things and the way that we're supposed to strive to look at things as well. This is in verse 7, 1 Samuel 16, the Lord said to Samuel as he was going to anoint a new king. He said, "Don't look at his appearance or his physical stature because I have refused him." He said, "The Lord does not see as a man sees. The man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7 1 Samuel 16:7But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
American King James Version×).
You see God does not see things through the prism of race. God looks at our hearts. Now as Christians we need to strive to do the same thing. We need to look through the prism of Jesus Christ. We know that in the book of Acts it tells us very clearly how we're all alike. Acts 17:26 Acts 17:26And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
American King James Version×it says, "He has made us from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth."
You see, we shouldn't as Christians look through this prism of race. What Acts is telling us, we need to have God's vision. We need to see through the prism of Jesus Christ. We're striving to be Christ like. And we need to see things through His eyes.
And of course that reminds me of a beautiful song that was written by Don Cook and Mark Harris. And it points to that very fact that our prism should be through the eyes of Jesus Christ because they wrote, "In God's sight there's no black and white because it isn't color that He sees." Well that sounds a little bit like 1 Samuel doesn't it? They went on and said, "Side by side we're so much alike. We're created equally, but if we could see through His eyes…" You see they point to that prism of Jesus Christ. "Through His eyes, then we could dare to love the way that God loves. If we could see through His eyes, then we'd understand the way that God understands."
So let's prove Mark Geragos wrong that as Christians let's see through the prism of Jesus Christ. Let's look through His eyes.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you later.