In my last book launched literally right at the start of the pandemic, Grace Canceled, I dove into racial issues and Christianity:

The problem with identity politics and intersectionality is this: Things that have identified and defined a culture are now used as barriers to prevent fellowship with one another. In Galatians 3:28, Paul writes, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The best nationalism, the best tribalism, is that of the kingdom. If people couldn’t identify as children of God, they might at least identity first as Americans. But now the very concept of America and her guiding principles are under assault, their legitimacy questioned as each moment in history is retroactively judged by standards of the modern era. Impugning the character of the founders who asserted our unalienable rights, we call into question those rights themselves, as if the legitimacy of the latter had anything to do with the former. There is an all-out war against every tie that would hold us all together.


Identity politics is a tactic of statists, who foster resentment and envy and then peddle the lie that a bigger government can make everything fairer. These feelings justify the cruelty inherent in identity politics. Democrats’ favorite tactic is smearing as a “racist” anyone who disagrees with them, challenges their opinion, or simply exists while thinking different thoughts.

Racist is a dirty, heavy term, a term for those with some of the worst moral deficiencies. No one wants to associate himself with a person who thinks his skin color is a self-made accomplishment rather than the product of chance. The idea of racial supremacy is an unchristian view entirely contradicted by the Gospels. While everyone is a child of God, racism promotes the supremacy of one over another, making identity an idol and supplanting God in the order of sovereignty and worship. One of the most important things I was ever taught is that God did not make one of His children more valuable or more redeemable than the other. The belief and practice of racism contradict that.

It is a sin.

To falsely accuse someone of such a moral deficiency is also a sin.

It is grossly immoral to claim that you oppose racism for the evil it is while falsely accusing someone of it—not because you believe that person to be racist, but because you cannot engage in a clash of ideals and hold your own without trying to injure the other person’s character and reputation— is a moral deficiency.


 Identity politics reduces the person to a singular issue/s and distances us from not only the merits of an issue, but the humanity of those involved in the discussion. 

I wrote this book nearly two years ago now and while it didn’t seem very prescient then, it does now. Case in point:

Nobody cares what color Jesus is because it is entirely irrelevant to the Christian faith. Statism is the only religion in which skin color matters. We don’t worship Jesus because of his appearance, we worship Him because He is who He is, the Savior of this undeserving world (quick example in Romans 3:23; 5:6). No one is capable of loving as much as Jesus loves, and no one is capable of saving people who have wronged them as much as we wretched sinners all have wronged Him. Anyone who thinks that identity would ever come into play doesn’t know Jesus, doesn’t know Scripture, doesn’t know God (1 John 2:4). The Gospels stress unity within the kingdom, there is no emphasis at all placed upon appearance or even customs. The physical appearance of Jesus has never had any impact on the teachings of Jesus, faith in Jesus, or anything else. His appearance is insignificant because it doesn’t change our faith in, our worship of, our relationship with Him. Any insistence otherwise betrays Scripture. We are children of God, period. The only identity that matters is being a child of God. Christianity cancels a cancel culture that denies redemption.

I love this from Christine Rousselle:

We Christians don’t care what color Jesus is, what form He is, none of this is relevant to the story of a world saved by the Great Redeemer.