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So many people are focused these days on the words racism and prejudice that’s it is in a majority of headlines and news articles. It’s been the driving force behind wrongful killings, and protests, both of citizens and authority figures like our local police officers. It’s been in other cases so another can get their way, justify their own use of racism, or just to put a few dollars in their pocket.
We seem to have all lost the point, so today’s Topic comes from GotQuestions.org; a site dedicated to finding biblical answers to relevant, everyday questions:
Question: “What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?”
The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups.
God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.
Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.
Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Recommended Resources: Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper and Logos Bible Software.
Racism happens when we view another as less valuable than ourselves. It also happens when we attempt to make ourselves the victim of our circumstances. We aren’t called for either.
We are called to rejoice in our physical differences, as God created us each with such stunning variety. How dull would it be if everyone looked the same, and talked the same? How would we ever tell each other apart? The very same Creator that created the countless species of animals and plants did not simply stop there saying, “Well that’s good enough.”
He got down and created man from the dust of the Earth He created from words. Then going further, He breathed life into him. And from this man He has created the multitudes of peoples of all colors, backgrounds, and languages.
We ought to hold each other to a much higher value and stop playing off one another for own own selfish gain.
The Faithbook 2015
Article Curtesy of GotQuestions.org.
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