What Does the Bible Say About Racism?

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   Today our TV screens are filled with stories of racism abuses of different kinds.  The first thing we need to understand in this discussion is this: if we are genuine believers of the Bible we believe that all human beings are descended from God’s original two created people, Adam and Eve, created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

   That being the case, there is only one race, that being the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races, but in reality are ethnicities of the one human race.  All human beings have the same basic physical characteristics: two hands, ten fingers, two legs, etc. with a few  variations, of course. 

   God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world,” as the Bible describes, includes all human beings of every ethnic group.  God does not show partiality or favoritism.  Romans 2:11, “For God does not show favoritism” and neither should we.  James 2:4 describes those who “judge others with evil thoughts.”  Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). 

   In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two basic groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for a large 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, “For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.”

   All types of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are ANTI to the work of Christ on the cross. Galatians 3:28 KJV says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us.  John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

   If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with agape and unconditional love. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat another brother or sister in Christ with contempt, we are hurting someone that God loves and for whom Jesus died.

   Racism has been a plague on humanity since time began.  Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities are constantly egging one another, and this should never 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 did not deserve God’s forgiveness either.  Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. 

   Romans 6:13 tells us, “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”  If only we could pattern our lives according to Galatians 3:28 — “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Email: KBurisek@JesusAnswers.com

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