In a very real sense, there is only one race - the human race.
The world says that we must earn respect. But I believe the Bible teaches us that we should take the first step to treat people with respect from the start. Trust is another level and must be earned. Yet Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us the a neighbor is anyone who has a need and being a neighbor is meeting a need!
In another sense, there are actually TWO RACES!
At the end of time, God will judge the world and divide us onto two groups. This is a sobering reality but one that will come to pass, cannot be changed and will have eternal consequences.
Erwin Lutzer quotes Jay Adams, Christian counselor and author:
From the Garden of Eden with its two trees (one allowed, one forbidden) to the eternal destiny of the human being in heaven or in hell, the Bible sets forth two, and only two, ways: God’s way, and all others.
...People are said to be saved or lost. They belong to God’s people or the world. ...There is the narrow way and the wide way, leading either to eternal life or to destruction. There are those who are against and those who are with us, those within and those without. There is ...the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, love and hatred.
...Christ is said to be the way, the truth, and the life, and no one may come to the Father but by Him. His is the only name under the sky by which we may be saved.
Lutzer, Erwin W.. Who Are You to Judge? (p. 63). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. (condensed for the sake of brevity)
The Bible makes it clear that ALL NATIONALITIES will be represented in heaven and therefore the human concept of race is man-made and inspired by Satan!
And HE HAS MADE FROM ONE BLOOD EVERY NATION OF MEN o dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals; For You were slain,
And have REDEEMED US TO GOD BY YOUR BLOOD.
OUT OF EVERY TRIBE AND TONGUE AND PEOPLE AND NATION,
The key word is redeemed! Only the redeemed will be allowed into the Presence of the Living God in that Day when God reveals His glory! Only those who have trusted in the blood of Christ will be saved and accepted.
It will not be based on our "good" or "bad" works. Our accomplishments, wealth, position or power will not follow us to the next life! Instead, we will be "scanned" to see if our sins are washed in Jesus' blood! If they are, the doors will open for us. If not...
These are sobering realities that must faced! What we call "race," the color of our skin or where we were born will not be even considered in that Day and the human concept of race will be destroyed for all eternity!
Our relationship to Christ alone will determine our eternal destiny!
We must also preach that truth in its fullness. Jesus is not merely an "option" to make our lives better. A genuine relationship with Him and salvation through His blood are essential and mandatory for our journey into eternity!