Racism: A Christian Perspective

Jesus loves the little children,All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, All are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Racism has no place in this world! God is not a racist! Jesus was not a racist! Christianity is not racist! And yet, racism plagues us. There isn't a single sector of our society that has not been affected by racism. Shamefully, even among Christians, racism is alive and well. Unfortunately, however, racism will continue to be a problem as long as we fail to acknowledge that there is ONLY ONE race -- the human race.

The problem of racism begins with this world's misunderstanding of what it means to be human. This becomes rather obvious when we read how the word "racism" is defined. According to the Random House dictionary, racism is defined as:

a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others; hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. (emphasis added)

Imbedded in the very definition is the erroneous view that there are various human races. That is not the way God created this world. There is only one race—the human race! We come in different sizes, shapes, colors, etc.... but we are essentially the same, human. Racism stems from the sinful notions that some colors are better than others, that some cultures are better than others, that some physical features are better than others, or that one gender is better than the other. The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that in Christ there is no room for any of these notions.

[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]