A political solution cannot thoroughly revolve a moral problem. Moral problems involve what a man loves, what he hates, why his heart wants one thing over another and why it leads him to one action instead of another. Racial hatred involves selfishness, contempt, anger, fear. These things can’t be changed in a man by legislation, though they can certainly be restrained or punished by it. We should have political solutions, and we should have laws. But we shouldn’t expect them to be the answer. They can’t rewrite a man’s heart. One of the great lessons of Holy Scripture is that law, though good, cannot change a man.
Racial hatred is a sin against God and a sin against neighbor. It is enough to send a man to eternal Hell. Just as important, it is something that can be forgiven and addressed in a man by the Father, Son, and Spirit. Racial hatred is sin, and in order to be successfully reckoned with it must be reckoned with as sin. God must be involved if a hateful man is to be fully and finally reclaimed. There is no one else who can offer him final forgiveness, and there is no one else who can fundamentally change him. The current climate sees legislation as the most complete answer, which implies that government is God. But government is not God. It is good (or at least is called to be), but it is not God. Government cannot change what a man loves or hates, through laws or through any other means. If God’s Law could not change a man’s dead heart, how can man’s?
A political solution to racial animosity will not be the last one. We who know Jesus have something much more fundamentally transformative to offer the racially hateful: A God who can pardon their evil and then make them something new.
We have a better and truer Gospel.
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘Uncircumcision’ by the so-called ‘Circumcision,’ which is performed in the flesh by human hands — remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.