Equipping Believers with the Word of God
If you have not read the first article in this series, please read it here
In part 2 of a Biblical look at the issue of Racism, want to now look at our responsibilities as Christians in the area of racism. Back in part one, we saw the following things:
As believers, the truth of God’s Word and His indwelling Holy Spirit should change our hearts, minds, and actions. First, as believers, God gives us the command to be Holy as He is Holy. Holiness is a foundational attribute of God. He is love, but He is Holy Love. He is Justice, but He is Holy Justice. It is the Justice of God that I want to focus on here. If we are to be Holy as He is Holy, a part of that is to strive to be Just as He is just. Look at Psalm 89:13-14. God’s Justice is so important, it one of the foundations of His throne. Shouldn’t we seek to be just and righteous in our dealing with all people? In a nation where we are able to do see. We must stand for the justice and righteous treatment of others. We seem to be able to do this in regard to the unborn. Why can’t we do this in other areas? Here some verses about Justice to consider:
So let’s put some feet on these principles. First of all, the Word tells us what our attitude should be toward others. In Philippians 2:3-4, it commands us not to strive for selfish ambitions or be conceit. Conceit is an excessive appreciation of one’s own worth or value based on the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Inherent in conceit is the idea of superiority. Inherent in racism is the idea that your race is superior to another. This is a sin. In 1 Corinthians 4:7, Paul is dealing with people in that church lining up under different teachers thinking they were superior because of those teachers. Paul basically asks them what makes them so superior to others since all they have they received from Christ. Although this was in a specific church in a specific place, I believe it holds true for the larger Body of Christ. Repeat after me, “All are equal at the foot of the cross.”
Let’s look at an example from the New Testament of how we should deal with issues such as that. Read Acts 6:1-5. Their answer to the problem was to choose a group of Greek converts and Jewish converts to be in charge of this job of passing out food. Basically, they gave the offended party a seat at the table.
I will sum things up this way. There is nothing in the Word of God to justify racism against anyone. As a matter of fact, it is clear that we are called to love everyone enough to preach the Gospel to them and then, if they believe, to treat them as equal brothers and sisters in Christ. Even if they don’t believe, we are still to be Ambassadors for Christ to the whole world. Racism is a sin. It is a violation of the justice of God.
On my next article, I’m going to delve into the politics of the situation and how we should compare those to the Word of God