Racism—New Sin, or Old Sins?
To listen to many today speak of racism, one could almost think a new category of sin has been invented. But it really involves nothing new. It's driven by the same age-old sin problem that afflicts all of humanity. And the biblical categories of sin already in existence are more than adequate to cater for the various manifestations of what is collectively termed 'racism'. These include:
- Pride: imagining oneself or one's group to be in some way specially elevated above another, in the absence of any statement from God to that effect. The words of Christ Himself bear repeating here (Luke 18:10-14):
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- Covetousness: Wanting to exploit another group for economic gain—a breach of one of the Ten Commandments.
- Hatred: 1 John 3:15 even calls this murder in one's heart.
- Injustice: The Bible consistently stands opposed to unjust dealings of even the slightest measure. The just dealings it demands—equality of treatment and opportunity—are not to be directly equated to many of today's notions of so-called 'social justice'—coerced equality of outcomes. Despite their promotion by sectors of the church, the latter often owe more to Karl Marx than to the Bible. But Scripture radically condemns the hugely unequal treatment that was meted out under apartheid to black Africans in such areas as education and health, for instance.
Note how some of the above list applies even where the actions of the group imagining itself to be superior are of a 'kindly', or 'paternalistic' nature, not involving any conscious cruelty, for example.
These are all in addition to the rejection of the implications of the 'big picture' of the history of mankind in the Bible. This is antibiblical, whether that rejection by any individual is tied to evolution directly, indirectly, or not at all. In order to be actively racist, one must reject, circumvent, or ignore the biblical teaching that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, with its overwhelming implication that all people are thus equally created in God's image.
The additional fact that we are closely related, because we descend even more recently from Noah's family, makes racism even more indefensible. The issue is whether there is a willingness to bow to the teaching of Scripture, not just to mine it like a quarry to reinforce whatever we want to believe for other reasons.
Extracted from the book: One Human Family by Dr. Carl Wieland. Chapter 1- Page 58