Having had our first African-American President, it's easy for some pundits to dub this era as "post-racial" America. But our country's present racial realities suggest otherwise. Just take a look at some of the media headlines or the regularity that public apologies are demanded from some celebrity or political leader who spews racial slurs in the heat of anger.
Although it's clearly premature to label these contemporary times "post-racial," we cannot lose sight of the goal to develop healthy cross-race relationships. We can only hope that our children and grandchildren experience life in a post-racial America where race will not be an issue. Certainly, the enemy called prejudice has been dealt strong blows over the past several decades through civil-rights legislation, equal-employment laws, the rise of the interracial church, and more. But giving people the desire to form healthy cross-race relationships is still wanting.
In the words of Thomas Paine, "These are the times that try men's souls." These times require our obedience to Christ's call to cross cultures and love people. To become bona fide disciples of Jesus Christ, we can't simply know about the doctrine of reconciliation. We must practice it.