14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14–19)
In thinking about how Christ restores the racial divisions we find ourselves in today, this passage in Ephesians continually comes to mind. Paul, here, is explaining his calling as an apostle to the Gentiles. In this prayer, Paul is maintaining that he willingly submits himself to the possibility of imprisonment and beatings for the goal of serving Christ by sharing the Gospel wherever he, Paul, goes.
This is a wonderful prayer that is full of one main sentiment: love. Paul is sharing the love of Christ with the Gentiles precisely because the love of Christ is in him and compels him to do so. Paul, as we can read in the book of Acts, had his own amazing conversion experience. Paul learned of the love of Christ when he wasn’t even looking for it. How much did Paul desire to spread this love to the multitudes who may have never even heard of Christ before?
Our goal, as Christians, is to spread that love of Christ to all in the hopes that some may experience fully the love of Christ. In this experience of Christ’s love alone will we find the necessary heart posture to refute racism in our country. We can overturn bigotry and racism with a humble heart filled with God’s love. It happened in Paul’s life. It can happen in all of ours as well.