Racism in Scripture dates to the days Jews were enslaved to make bricks for Pharaoh. It seems the Egyptians were growing richer and fatter while the Jews were systemically rearing generations of “lower class” farmers. God leads Moses to Pharaoh in Exodus to say, “Let My people Go!” This article will answer the title question in the negative. The Bible does not endorse racism, regardless of how some Christians discriminate against ethnic cultures different from their own. Our loving God hates racism but desires every soul to come to Jesus.
Racism in the Church
My first experience of “white” Christians hating those of a different color was in a small town north of Dallas. Back then people called a black and white married couple mixed and it was derogatory to do so. The church which I was a member of at the time was rude to newcomers. In this instance a black man and his Caucasian wife entered the church building to worship God with fellow believers. I will have you know not a single member of that congregation said hello or give a head nod. Nope, not even a howdy. I am not being judgmental. I am merely stating what I saw. Friend, when it comes to saving souls black lives do matter. And of course, I hear you when you reply, “all lives matter.” You are right; they do. But do you get the point that showing prejudice when God’s Word strictly and forthrightly condemns racial bias.
Character of Christ
Racism is not in accord with the character of Christ. Jesus became as human as any person is. All believers are a united body in Christ (Ephesians 4:4). He became like me so that I might be like Him. According to Galatians 1:28, all believers are one. A couple verses a fore, we see that all baptized converts stand on equal ground at the foot of the cross. Regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, or culture, we are together in Jesus.
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for as many as were immersed into Christ put on Christ; there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither servant nor freeman, there is neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).
If you have put on Christ and someone of a different ethnicity has put on Christ, then your soul must become color blind. People look on the outward appearance, but God sees within the soul. To seek and save the lost we too must look past the outer coat of skin and investigate the heart of those seeking the will of God.
“[Is He] only the God of Jews, and not also of nations?” (Romans 3:29).
The Gospel Call to All
God is calling all people to turn to Him (Acts 3:19). Thus, God is no respecter of persons. Meaning God does not discriminate on whom He saves based on skin color, ethnicity and so forth. It does not matter whether you are a man or woman. God wants you to be saved.
“And Peter having opened his mouth, said, ‘Of a truth, I perceive that God is not favoring by appearance, but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).
“For there is no favor by appearance with God” (Romans 2:11).
No Favoritism Allowed
Moreover, believers must not favor the rich over the poor (James 2:1-9). But do you agree with me that Christians who do not show equal favor to everyone, on wealth, station, fame, or race are hateful? I know you have seen it happen.
No Bible Abuse Allowed
Some have taken these passages I have presented to twist them and abuse the word racism by extending it to include areas where Christians must discriminate. There are some are areas where believers must discern between people lovingly where differences of religion and sinful behaviors are concerned. For example, if a person has not obeyed the Gospel call, then the Bible expects us to judge that person has not yet been saved. I use the word judge to say discerning between the saved and the lost; between those living in sinful behaviors and those who are living upright in the faith of Christ. If we cannot do this, then we may as well close our Bible to seeking to save those whom God says are not saved.
Evangelism must reach out to all races and social groups. It must go to the ends of the earth, to all nations. The Great Commission is a model to be repeated in every generation. Beware! Those who preach the superiority of any race above another is not a loving person. Hate of any person is a sin, including those of a different ethnic group.
Pharaoh was forced to let God’s people go. Must we drown in the sea of rebellion like him? No. We will humble ourselves today while it’s called today. Tomorrow may be too late. Hey Adversary, let God’s people go!
~ Donny Weimar