A Biblical Answer to Racism

Racism is weird to me, along with the idea of an overwhelming pride in your race. Since Charlottesville, it’s been in the news again. It’s not even an issue the majority is supporting, just a very vocal minority.

I considered defining it, discussing the difference in race and ethnicity, but that would be majoring in the minors. Let’s play in the big leagues.

What Does God Say?

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:26-27

No indication of skin color, and since they were naked I’m sure they had an impressive tan, to say the least. Since God created all people in His image, they all have value. Because He created us, it means He chose the time, place, and ethnicity we would be.

Then, God the Son came as the Son of God, and Jesus, the Middle-Eastern Jewish rabbi told another Jew this, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Every soul matters to God. To hate a person because of their race goes against the love of God. He didn’t keep salvation for the Jews alone, though he could. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

The Foot Of The Cross Is Level Ground.

A thief was the first person saved while beside Jesus on his own cross. A Roman Centurion was probably next when he said ‘surely this was the Son of God’. Jesus sent Peter to Cornelius who wasn’t a Jew either and saved his entire household. Paul specialized in going to other races and ethnic groups. Philip spoke to an Ethiopian eunuch and he was saved.

If You Hate Other Races, You’re Not Going To Like Heaven.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:9-10

No Christian can be racist. It’s an oxymoron. Hate has no place in the equation.

Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
1 John 3:15

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
1 John 4:15-21

If you hate, turn away from it and go to Christ for forgiveness. The foot of the cross is level, come as you are, but you won’t remain the same. You’ll be like the Apostle Paul who said this:

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Philippians 3:4-9

Race, intelligence, status, even his own righteousness meant nothing in comparison. It’s that good.

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