Jesus IS The Answer

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

John 16:33  

All one has to do is read the Bible through one time to learn that Jesus is the answer to all the worlds woes. No matter what the problem society faces today like the old bumper sticker boldly proclaimed, “Jesus Is The Answer”. The biggest issue facing our country today is that of racism. It’s dominating all the news channels and though there are as many opinions as there are commentators Jesus holds the only solution that will pass the test of time.

Let’s make it perfectly clear, racism is sin, always has been always will be. Regardless of how many laws man seeks to pass, the solution to racism in the world will never be solved politically, as its root is deeply spiritual. Lasting change will only occur when we get to the heart of the matter which is a matter of the heart. Only the supernatural love of God can bring about the change the world desperately needs. No human law can eliminate the hatred and indifference that governs so many hearts and lives. Only the Holy Spirit working in each of us can produce the love and compassion needed to heal the pain of prejudice.

Love always wins and since God is love, Christians are God’s chosen ambassador’s to both communicate and model Jesus life to every tribe and nation from Jerusalem to the utter most parts of the world. Change in the world has to begin somewhere and the church is always God’s starting point. If God’s people who are called by His name would humble themselves and seek His face and repent, and turn from their wicked ways, God says He would hear the cry of our hearts from heaven and He would in turn heal our land.

The local church in every community in every city around the world is God’s impetus for change. You and I have been hand selected by God to be His change agents in the world just like Jesus. From the beginning in Genesis 1:1 God has created man in His image and given the breath of life by the Holy Spirit. We are all equal in God’s eyes and racism is a denial of that fact. Just as “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that WHOSOEVER would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life” believers in Jesus are to model lives of love and respect for all human beings, regardless of their language, their race, creed, or ethnic heritage.

Racism is the enemies attempt to mock God as racism is the antithesis of everything God stands for and what Jesus died for on Calvary’s Cross. We are called to love God and love our neighbor as our self. Jesus gave us the “Golden Rule” which simply means to treat other people the way we ourselves would want to be treated, that being with respect. Racism is far more than disregarding the commands of God, racism is an affront to the very will of God for our lives, for at its core, racism is a failure to love. We cannot claim to love God unless we love one another, plain and simple.

God is One and His desire is that each of us in Him would become one in Him as well. The doctrine of the trinity reveals this plainly as the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct personalities represented in One True God, in perfect harmony, three in One! In every miracle Jesus performed and every teaching He gave, Jesus modeled unity and reverence for every person He came in contact, saint and sinner alike. It was Jesus who showed dignity to the outcast woman at the well, to the despised tax collector and the repulsive leper along with the ostracized prostitute who was brought before Him. It was Jesus who saw through our marred veneer to the very core of our being, recognizing the stamp of God’s image and likeness in us. We are all His creations, called to be sons and daughters of the Most High.  

We can only become one as we die to ourselves and live to God. Racism will only be eradicated as we individually invite God to search our hearts to see if there be any wicked way in us and invite Him to remove it far from us as we confess its existence. We can’t forget that society as a whole is merely a reflection of the sum of all its parts. Love only fails when each of us fails to love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

John 13:34



Michael Osthimer





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