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I want to talk about a very touchy subject this week: racism.
What does the Bible tell us about racism? I think a lot of people look down on other ethnicities at times. It might be an off color joke or just stereotyping a group. I don’t have to be candid with this.
It has arisen in all of our lives either in the past or it might be part of your life or mine. Therefore, I do not wish to give my opinion, but the inspired word of God’s opinion. Here are a few: Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
1st John 2:9: “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”
Colossians 3:10-11: “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”
Acts 10:34-35: “So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
And in Revelation 7:9: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”
So the Bible teaches us that there is no racial distinction between God’s people. If you hate your brother (we are all the same color in God’s eyes) you are in darkness. Peter explains God is impartial regarding race.
Finally, the apostle John prophesies in Revelation in the final days how men of all nations stand before the throne of God.
My dear friend and Pastor Steve Weaver brought to my attention the full impact of wrongful belief in having racist feelings or lifestyle.
To paraphrase, racism is not only a sin against creation, it is a sin against the gospel.
Not only did God create all races of people, he sent his son to die for them.
This means you and me and all man regardless of race. Do you exemplify in your life and in your church love for all others?
On a side note, I made it to the state fair again over the weekend. The atheist booth and the pro-choice booth were back again (you may or not remember my column about this a year ago).
I still did not see a church booth.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg and faith columnist for The Anderson News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.