“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 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, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your own poets have said, for we are indeed his offspring.” (Acts 17:24-28)
Anyone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has been set apart to holiness. Because of who we are in Christ, God sees each of us as unique, connected, one-of-a-kind, special, and worthy. There is no man-made Critical Race Theory in God’s vocabulary or agenda!
“Your profession, your salary, your appearance or your nationality does not define you. Only your status as a child of God. We have a heavenly calling and a heavenly destination. Our home is with our Lord and Savior. We are not searching for a temporary home here on earth to satisfy us; we are anticipating, longing for, our heavenly home.” (Dr. Stanley)
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses – as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)” (Hebrews 3:1-4)
In this passage of Scripture Paul tells us some very significant truths. Jesus is the builder of our houses (our lives), and because He is the builder, He is to receive the honor and glory for the work He has done! A house is only as good as the foundation and the products used to build it.
At the Creation Museum in Kentucky many scientists worked together to discover the origins of man! In their extensive research they came to the conclusion that all of mankind came from one man! God’s Word tells us that man was Adam, and from Adam and his family came Noah and his family. God created one family, one race.
Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. . . These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. (Genesis 9:18-19)
When God looks down on His creation He sees a greater need than the identification of color, race, or creed. He sees men, women, and children in need of a Savior, a Redeemer. God’s redemption in our lives is all about our repentance, which gives us a new attitude toward God, His Word, and mankind. God views each person the same, in need of the following:
• Faith – which gives us a trust in God and His promises.
• Regeneration – which gives us a new nature.
• Justification – which gives us a new standing before God.
• Adoption – into God’s family, which makes us his children.
• Sanctification – which gives us a change in character and conduct through the working of the Holy Spirit.
Justification is what God does for us; but sanctification is what God does in us. Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit. It means to be set apart, separated from sin unto God. It is one act after another that helps us to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“When one turns in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, the veil is removed. The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:16-18)
To be sanctified – set apart – means our lives have a specific purpose, and that specific purpose is to glorify God. When we allow the Holy Spirit to deal with our sin and to work in our hearts, we will find no man-made CRT in our lives.
“Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 4:3-5)
Alveda King said, “We must learn to see and love each other as purely the human family, from the womb to the tomb.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” (1 Peter 1:22-23)
May our heart’s cry always be, “Sweet Holy Spirit, please help us each day to imitate who You are, to love and forgive as You have loved and forgiven us. Help us to see all of mankind through Your eyes as precious, valuable and loved by You and each of us. Amen.”
Kathy Niswender is the wife of our pastor.