Max Lucado on God’s Solution to the ‘Ancient Sin’ of Racism

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville, bestselling author and preacher Max Lucado has spoken out, stating that God already provided a solution to the sin of racism.

The solution, he explained, is that “God made us to reflect his image.”

“The image of God is sometimes difficult to discern,” Lucado wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “But do not think for a moment that God has rescinded his promise or altered his plan. He still creates people in his image to bear his likeness and reflect his glory.”

The Texas pastor stressed that racism — or “judging a person according to skin color” — is an “ancient sin.” And while everyone has been made in God’s image — which includes such attributes as wisdom, love, grace and kindness — sin “has distorted this image.”

But, he emphasized, sin “has not destroyed it.”

Lucado went on to reject what popular culture and even religious leaders say in terms of what makes a person valuable.

“Pop psychology is wrong when it tells you to look inside yourself and find your value. The magazines are wrong when they suggest you are only as good as you are thin, muscular, pimple-free, or perfumed,” he wrote.

“The movies mislead you when they imply that your value increases as your stamina, intelligence, or net worth does. Religious leaders lie when they urge you to grade your significance according to your church attendance, self-discipline, or spirituality.”

Pointing people back to where their true value comes from, Lucado stressed, “According to the Bible you are good simply because God made you in his image. Period. He cherishes you because you bear a semblance to him. And you will only be satisfied when you engage in your role as an image-bearer of God.”

He urged people to believe that they were made for God’s glory and in His image.

“Would you let this truth find its way into your heart? You were conceived by God before you were conceived by your parents. You were loved in heaven before you were known on earth. You are not an accident. You aren’t a random fluke of genetics or evolution. You aren’t defined by the number of pounds you weigh, followers you have, car you drive, or clothes you wear,” Lucado wrote.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Stoyan Zaimov