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Monday, February 22 2016
Can Christians be Racist?

No! This could be the shortest blog entry ever, by answering the question "Can Christians be racist?".  The answer is "no, no, no, no, no...infinity!", but let me explain using scripture.  There will be people that call themselves Christians that are racist by using the excuse, "That is how I was raised" as they use derogatory terms and spew racist jokes.  Racism exists, but it has no place in the church. Whatever "color" you are...racism is a sin!

Our background is not an excuse for racism. The Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear...

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As a new creature, I want to put on the "mind" have the  attitude of Christ.  Jesus loved people from every background and felt the need to go to Samaria to speak with a woman that was an outcast in a society that were rejected by Jesus' race.  

John 4
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Racism has always existed for as long as people have been different.  We can change our thinking, but we may not be able to change the thinking of others.  The cure for racism is Jesus and introducing Him to the world.

Many years ago, I was with a group of young ministers.  They were using the "n-word" in their conversation. My stomach turned and I could feel frustration and disappointment.  I did not know these men, but I had to say something.  Another friend of mine and I told them that what they were doing was wrong and we did not want to hear it.  Their excuses flowed including they were from the south, but their language and ideology was in contrast to the Bible (and my parents).

Acts 10:34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: “Most certainly I understand now that God is not one to show partiality [to people as though Gentiles were excluded from God’s blessing], (Amplified)

In the 15th chapter of Acts, a meeting was called of the church leadership.  The discussion concerned the circumcision of the Gentiles that had converted to Christianity.  In a revelatory sermon, Peter preached...

Acts 15
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

The Apostle Paul in writing to the church at Rome addressed racism directly to the saints.

Romans 2
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Verse 11 in the Amplified Bible states:

11 For God shows no partiality [no arbitrary favoritism; with Him one person is not more important than another].

God does not see race, background, or economic status.  He sees the potential in each one of us despite our differences.  We are the child of the King and should worship together as a family.  The Apostle Paul reiterated his stance on racism within the church in his letter to the Romans and the Corinthians.

Romans 10
11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will not be disappointed [in his expectations].” 
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all [of us], and [He is] abounding in riches (blessings) for all who call on Him [in faith and prayer]. 
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord [in prayer] will be saved.”

1 Corinthians 12
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

As Christians, we cannot see race or differences.  We should see brothers and sisters in Christ.  We can be a Christian or a racist, but not both.  Our background, geography or political views cannot change the Word of God.  We either believe it or we don't.  We would not compromise the plan of salvation or the separation from the World, so therefore we cannot see others as different.  We are family...God's family!

 

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