What Does the Bible Say About Racism?
What is Racism? Racism is actually defined as a prejudiced belief of treating a human being in a different way than others depending on some unchangeable factor, such as their race, color tone, and ethnicity. Racism is nothing but just hatred for other beings without any reason than race and color.
Humans have been divided into different groups according to their ethnicities, and these groups are then treated on the basis of those characteristics. Although these groups were created just for the ease of human identification, these later led to unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
As time passed, it was thought that as people advanced in understanding and education, the concept of racism may fade. But this was a misjudgment. Racism remained the same. To treat others poorly, to take advantage of groups of people, and to satiate their pride instead of expressing kindness, people allowed racism to become prevalent.
People in the 21st century still treat others based on their skin color; people of lighter tones are prioritized over darker skin tones. Even education failed in delivering the dark side of racism of humans. Humans learned to fly, they landed on other planets, triumphed on the moon, but still fail to accept their fellow beings, those declared as their brothers and sisters according to the Bible. Created in the same way, humans forgot how they’re all all to each other, as creation of the same Creator, God.
Religion and Education
Religion and education both are the pillars for people to stand upon. Both education and religion stand in opposition to racism. God created all humans the same, with the same body parts, same blood color, and the same senses.
To God, all humans are the same; all are equally valuable. He himself says that He is the God of all, despite the race and color tone. He created all the humanity to be the same, despite the differences in color tones.
What Does the Bible Say About Racism?
According to a Bible verse, God says that "But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." (James 2:9)
Bible clearly states that racism conflicts with God's demand and that He doesn't want humans to behave this way, and if they did, they are committing a sin for sure.
In another verse, God says that,
"For God shows no partiality." (Romans 2:11)
He is against the concept of racism and wants humans to treat each other the way He asked them to. He clearly states again and again in the Bible, the holy book for Christians, that they are all the same.
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
Trillia Newbell, a well-known Christian author states that:
"Christianity and Racism cannot co-exist."
No human being has the right to judge the other on the basis of his appearance as the religion strictly opposes this kind of judgment. In another part of Bible, God clarifies about the concept of judgment:
"'Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24)
Racism is nothing but something that humans themselves have created; both science and religion prove that humans were created from the same race, the human race, nothing more than that. Racism is arbitrary discrimination made by humans themselves.
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)
God neither shows favoritism nor supports this concept. Racism is a word unknown in Christianity, and the one who practices racism is clearly taking himself out of what religion condones. Racism in all shapes goes against the clear scriptural standards of love and compassion for all creation.
"Anyone who says he is walking in the light of Christ but dislikes his fellow man is still in darkness" (1 John 2:9)
Every single being is precious in God's sight in the same way. He doesn't decide any of human's fate on the basis of appearance. God approves of those who treat others better, those who worship Him and lives His life according to the way He wanted, those are dear to Him. How could we just judge others based on any of their physical characteristics?
"After this, I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." (Revelation 7:9)
In the end, we will all become the family of God. Revelation defines about how beautifully God has planned to wrap up everything, What a wonderful picture, in gather individuals from each region, each nation in paradise, worshiping only God, standing together as brothers and sisters in Christ with no discrimination against one another. A family of love, as followers of the only God, who is the Creator and Lord of all.
God blesses all of His followers without any inequality; He wants all of His followers to do the same. He values each and every single being, even the ones who don’t yet know Him. He wants all His followers to treat everyone without any racism equally. As Jesus spoke and acted against racism, it is the moral and religious duty of everyone following Christianity to take after his example. As humans, we need to learn the meaning of equality and practice it in our daily routine as believers of God.