Pulling the grace card heals racism.
When we choose to apply grace and forgiveness where an offense could have been, we are reconciled to one another.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:15-16
“He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.”
Pull the grace card instead of the race card.
Racism is more than skin deep. It is a spiritual matter, emanating from sins common to man.
Our skin color does not separate us—sin does.
The sins of pride, jealousy, covetousness and comparison are just a few. But the cross crushed hostility between races. We are one race united by the blood of Christ.
Dominion Over Sin, Not Man
God gave us dominion over principalities and creatures, but not over one another. Having our identity in Christ defines us more than any color ever could. When our identity is in Christ and not in our appearance, we can uplift others without fear of losing who we are.
Racism is real, but so is God’s grace.
When we forgive one another, we let grace define us more than race.
Listen in to this episode where Denise Pass and Tabatha Haines interview Erick Kalenga, pastor of His Village church, about the racial divide in America. Join the discussion about how we, as believers, can respond to this discussion with the grace and hope of the Gospel.
Erick Kalenga is the Pastor of the congregation at His Village, Born in the Congo and raised in South Africa,. he moved to Culpeper 15 years ago by happenstance after being invited to the area for a visit. In his spare time, he is a soccer coach, mentor, father of three, Star-Exponent columnist, and his favorite role of all, husband to Candice Kalenga.
Denise Pass is a national speaker with Compassion International and a women’s conference speaker, CCM Artist/Songwriter and worship leader with Seeing Deep Ministries. She’s the author of Shame Off You and 31 Days to Hope Reinvented and has written several songs that received radio airplay, including You Are Worthy and Layers. serves as a volunteer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, as a volunteer leader.on the COMPEL team
Denise and her husband live near Fredericksburg, VA. Denise homeschooled for 23 years and is the mom of five with four in college.
Tabatha Haines is a creative entrepreneur who sells her wares at The Lazy Daisy gift shop in Fredericksburg and Short Pump, a store that houses local artisans. She aspires to encourage and uplift the body of Christ to awaken a heart of revival and kingdom culture in her city and beyond.
Tabatha is also a hairstylist for her business, Jane of All Trades. She and her business partner, Monica Husbey, partner to do hair and makeup for weddings and special occasions with Prophetic Beauty Bridal.
A passionate singer/songwriter who serves on the worship team at His Village Church and also on the Seeing Deep Ministries team, Tabatha is the proud mom of her son, Gabriel. She and her husband, Mike live in Culpeper, VA.