Racism, Tribalism, and the Triumph of the Lamb

“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Lord Jesus, the murder of George Floyd this week breaks our hearts, fuels our disgust, and intensifies our longings for your return. On this Pentecost weekend, set a fresh fire in our hearts for loving mercy, doing justice, and walking humbly with you, into the systemic evil of racism and tribalism.

How long, Oh, Lord? We crave the Day of consummate reconciliation and peace—the Day when “Christ Supremacy” will eradicate every semblance of white supremacy, nationalism, racial profiling, “ethnic cleansing,” and skin-color stereotyping. The only position “jockeyed for” will be falling down on our faces to adore you, Jesus, and staying low to wash one another’s feet.

Finally, and fully, we will love each other the way you love us, Jesus. Honoring one another above ourselves will be our first instinct and utter delight. Diversity won’t be tolerated, but celebrated. We won’t be “color-blind,”; we will cherish each member of your “every-race-tribe-tongue-and-nation” Bride.

Jesus, help us today in light of that Day. We know unhinged anger isn’t the answer. We remember the day your disciples wanted to call down fire and destroy some of the Samaritans (Luke 9:51-62). You rebuked them, saying your Kingdom is different. We also know silence, indifference, and passivity aren’t the ways of your Kingdom.

Instead, Lord Jesus, we call down the fire of your Spirit on our own hearts. You will triumph over all evil; triumph over our own hearts. As we look in the mirror of your Word, show each of us where racism, tribalism, and nationalism have a greater hold than we realize.

Grant us grief and repentance over the ways we love poorly and contradict the Gospel. So very Amen, we pray, with fresh conviction and humility, in your peerless name.