Paul encourages believers to be deep and genuine in unity in Colossians 3:12-15. However, this is not really a universal call to togetherness but rather a call to unity in a place where the inherent boundaries of race are still so visible.
This passage sends a striking message to a church split along racial lines when read from this perspective. Even after the differences that exist in a broken world, the Gospel unifies all of God’s people, binding them together into one body.
Here, the Gospel is powerfully portrayed, and the Lord is immensely exalted when the assembled people of God display the power of the Gospel to transcend all civilizations and unite all humans in celebration of their Creator and Savior.
Still, it’s difficult to overestimate the value of joining a church family. As Christians, our fundamental role is being God’s loving children, enabled by Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
However, in a society plagued by racism and other systemic sins, we frequently fear or misunderstand others. In addition, we are oblivious to our privilege, and we are unwilling to engage in meaningful dialogue across racial and cultural lines.
As a result, conversations concerning racism in a Christian environment are often avoided because we are hesitant to discuss it, even though our God is concerned about equality. This is why we should establish safe places for discussions about racial issues by holding numerous church-wide activities.
After all, these types of public dialogues, conducted with sincerity and a learning mindset, can offer us sight and a touch from the Revelation 7:9 church that Jesus made possible.
Such events confirmed our belief that a community of believers from all tribes, dialects, nationalities, and households can come to be realized on earth as it will be in paradise and that our church is dedicated to playing a role in it.