Lately, it seems that the news only has a handful of things to talk about, and the most difficult headlines to read are the ones involving racism. My goal in this article is to address the problems of racism and anti-racism honestly, candidly, and biblically. Again, my goal is to look at the truth, not to offend. So, if you are offended I would suggest to you that God may be working on your heart. I pray you will be open to this discussion.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:15-24
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.Genesis 3:20
The first book of the Bible alone gives us enough reason to not be racist. Look. We all have come from the same blood. There is no such thing as “race.” There are ethnicities separated by geography, language, culture, and, yes, skin color. But we are all human. There are some who would argue that point, but the Bible is firm and clear.
One race, many ethnic groups. Obviously, these ethnic groups had to come from somewhere, so let’s get back to Scripture. To the Tower of Babel.
Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:1-9
That’s how it happened. God commanded them to be fruitful, multiply, and to fill the earth (see Genesis 9:1), but the human race rebelled.
“Lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
So God confused their language and, in doing so, created ethnic groups. The genetics for skin and hair differences already existed. By changing geography (and of course, genetic logic through reproduction), physical differences would become more prominent.
Interestingly enough, it is the evolutionary perspective that leads us naturally to racism. That worldview reduces every human being to the glorified offspring of algae, fish, and monkeys. This allows us to play a comparison game with other humans. If every “race” (ethnic group) is the result of a different animal’s evolutionary process, then there is no need to treat each other as equals. Your rank entirely depends on your perception of the ancestor animals. Yet the Bible teaches a different story. God created humans, all humans, in His Own Image (Genesis 1:27). Therefore there is no place for racism in the life of a Christian.
Odds are good that you already knew that. Maybe not the exact reasoning, maybe you hadn’t thought about evolution’s influence, but you know that racism doesn’t befit the Christian life. But now, in our time, we have to consider the side of anti-racism.
What About Anti-Racism?
As I’m writing this, it’s 2020. There are violent anti-racism protests happening all over the country. There are peaceful protests, too. As with any movement, there are serious problems, and as Christians, it can be hard to know what to think and where to stand.
The truth is, movements only deal with symptoms.
Is ethnic prejudice the actual problem here? Organizations inside this movement (as well as others) push for equality among all people, regardless of color, gender, or worldview (mostly). Is that the problem?
I would argue that no, it isn’t. We live in a generation that worships gods of its own making. Anything that goes against our “free expression” is discriminatory, bigoted, and toxic. Scripture has been thrust aside for the purpose of keeping the status quo. And now people are fighting each other for not living by the rules they supposedly don’t want. This is what becomes of a godless generation.
As Christians, we have one objective, and two rules for accomplishing it.
I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. Isaiah 42:8
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. Revelation 5:13-14
Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Our objective is to give glory to God. We do that by loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, which leads us to love our fellow man (neighbor) as ourselves. This is a heart issue. And heart issues cannot be dealt with by force. That’s the basis of communism.
Every man, woman, and child has the option to choose to do what’s right or what’s wrong. Only the Holy Spirit’s conviction can change hearts. All we can do is tell them the truth of God’s Word.