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A Pastor's Response

Recently I was in a discussion with a friend regarding the racial issues plaguing our country today. Our conversation centered around what is the biblical response for us as Christians. He mentioned to me an article he read online and he then showed it to me. I thought it was straight to the point so I wanted to share it with you all. This is an article from a Christian Bible answer website “gotquestions.org” (https://www.gotquestions.org/racism-Bible.html)

"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.”  https://www.gotquestions.org/racism-Bible.html

Simple and to the point.

So, regardless of race we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, may the Lord bless each of you and may we truly be the hands and feet of God. Pray for our nation.

  • Pastor Jamie

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Tom Bender wrote:
I agree...straight to the point, and backed up with scripture. Thank you for sharing.

Thu, August 17, 2017 @ 5:36 PM

2. Bob Carson wrote:
Thank you for sharing this article Jamie. The cross and scripture provide us with the answers to life's difficult circumstances. God bless you and yours.

Fri, August 18, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

3. Richard Johns wrote:
In addition to the above comments, the Bible completely eliminates any trend toward racism on even the genetic level. God has made from one all nations to dwell upon the earth. Acts 17:26 We are all descended from Adam; we are all related. Even Jesus, as to His humanity participated in this lineage, Romans 1:3, Luke 3:38.

Sat, November 11, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

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