One Nation One Blood
We live in a world today where the term “racism” is used frequently, especially after incidents like the alleged murder of George Floyd, an African American man by the hand of a white police officer from Minneapolis, MN. It was an agonizing death videoed by a bystander who witnessed this abhorrent act committed boldly in the open. It depicted the callous murdering of a man in broad daylight, including footage of the policemen who assisted such a deplorable act, demonstrating the depravity of man.
The public’s response to this event was anger toward the act of brutality and this was felt not just here in America and but throughout the world. People organized protests to signify their outrage, but these protests were infiltrated by lawless anarchists who had other disruptive goals. The issue of racism is the root of the anger primarily aimed at our community police departments today.
This is an area of vital concern because this specific institution (the police force) gives a civilized body of protection in the form of peace and order. It stands between the law and the lawless, between order and chaos, and between good and evil. It is a paramount institution that protects the values of a given culture. It is carried out by soldiers or others who have been given the authority to enforce the law. This a unique characteristic that God has given humans: to have self-conscience and awareness of right and wrong. We live by a code that legally binds the culture together with a depth and complexity that no creature–no, not even any primate–can imitate. What animal has a law library or any idea of justice? The idea that man evolved is a lie because he knows about truth that comes only from God along with mercy and humility as we are reminded in Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
The Declaration of Independence put forth in 1776 says that not only are “men created equal,” but they also have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our founding fathers believed this originated from a divine Creator and these rights needed to be protected and secured by institutions that are today embodied by local Police Departments. The original colonies had constables that kept order and peace, but as they became more populated in the early 1800’s, constables organized into local forces to keep the law. The first department established was in Boston in 1838, followed by one in New York in 1845.
The Founding Fathers and Slavery
Our founding fathers believed that every man is created equal. At the same time, some owned African slaves, including the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who had over 600 slaves at Monticello and even fathered six children with a female slave named Sally Hemmings. Ironically, he also spoke against slavery as being an act of “moral depravity.” George Washington, who led American colonists to victory in the Revolutionary War and became the first President of our nation, depended upon hundreds of slaves’ labor at Mount Vernon. It was after the Revolutionary War that he began to question the concept of slavery, and upon his death, his will declared their freedom.
The issue of slavery was never addressed in the formation of this nation. It was a point of contention in this country which was never discussed and eventually manifested itself over the years. When it appeared, it manifested itself with bloody teeth biting down hard on this country with a hateful vengeance, tragically dividing into two parts with a Civil War beginning in 1861.
This became one of the bloodiest wars in American history, taking 620,000 American lives with it as well as numerous wounded bodies. This war had the potential of undoing all the efforts of our founding fathers.
The confederates would have turned our Declaration of Independence entirely around as the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, arrogantly protested in his Cornerstone Address on March 21, 1861:
“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; Its foundation is laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.”
Although the issue of slavery was resolved in this country after the Civil War, troubles were far from over for our African American population. Although the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments were added to our constitution and guaranteed all African Americans freedom from slavery, the right to vote, and added equal protection, there was consistent bias against blacks in the form of Jim Crow laws in the south. They were introduced by state and local governments and enforced segregation, making it difficult to secure the freedom promised by the Federal Constitution. These laws persisted from 1877 to the 1960’s in some areas of the country.
Slavery and the Word of God
Slavery has existed since man’s early history. A great example of this is the biblical account of the Israelites who were put into slavery under King Pharaoh of Egypt. The Hebrew population was growing in large numbers, and he was paranoid that they would take over, so he had to subdue them by putting them in bondage. It was not easy to be a slave under Pharaoh who made their labor very difficult as stated in Exodus 1:14, “And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage.” Of course, there is also the account of how Moses was spared from the order that Pharaoh was to kill the firstborn of all the Israelites, demonstrating a harshness that was a mark of this kind of slavery.
The Bible mentions slaves in several passages. In the fourth commandment regarding the Sabbath day, we are commanded to rest, including our servants. The biblical terms are, “nor your male servant, nor your female servant, shall do work” in Exodus 20:10. The same expression is used a few verses down in the tenth commandment that you shall not covet (“his male servant, nor his female servant”) in verse 17. The apostle Paul commanded slaves to obey their earthly masters in Ephesians 6:5-9. In this passage, the word “slave” appears three times as Paul encourages slaves that serving their master is like serving God, and “the Lord will reward each one for whatever they do.” There were many kinds of slaves during Paul’s day, including slaves who would become Roman gladiators and live an average of two years, as well as those who were involved in harsh work. Paul’s language never demeans people who were slaves; he considered them all equal in the sight of God. The big difference is that many American slaveholders were under the false assumption that the black African American was a lower form of man than the white Caucasian. This degrading attitude towards a fellow human being is where the root of the conflict resides.
One Blood in Every Nation
The Word of God clearly reveals that all men are genetically related to Adam and Eve. These two are considered the first parents of humankind, as stated in the genealogies enumerated in Genesis 4:1 and 5:1-5. We know that man was created in God’s image as male and female in Genesis 1:27, and in Genesis 2:7, man was formed from the dust of the earth. God breathed into man the breath of life ordaining in us the likeness and the spirit of God. Man occupied this earth with the command to multiply and fill it. He was also given an elevated position to manage the earth as God’s steward.
In Psalm 8:4, King David points out that in all of creation, including all the heavenly objects and countless stars in the cosmos, man is a distinctive creation of God as King David proclaims, “[He] crowned them with honor and glory.” The esteemed value of man was demonstrated for all to witness as the heavenly Father offered His only begotten son as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of mankind so that we would have the free gift of eternity. He is the Messiah who saves man from eternal death.
This biblical principle anchors the doctrine of equal rights for all humans in our nation. Most of our founding fathers were professing Christians and believed in this essential identity of man as described above. They also knew that we are all from one blood and one offspring as stated in Acts 17:26:
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord.
We know that on earth there is much deception brought on because of the sinful nature of man. Even though God’s Word is clear–every man is created equal–the weak nature of man has presided on three primary lies that were propagandized through the culture and allowed black Africans to continue to be slaves.
An international life coach on racial reconciliation matters and coauthor of One Race One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism (2019), Dr. A. Charles Ware describes how slaveholders argued on these basic principles:
- The Africans are a distinct race of people; they cannot mix with whites and must exist as a separate class.
2. The Africans are, as a class, inferior to the whites in intellectual and moral development; they are incompetent to self-govern.
3. The Israelites subdued heathen people groups; it is appropriate to make domestic slaves of inferior people.
Unfortunately, these lies have been passed down generationally and caused much division in this country, including in the church itself, which has experienced many splits in major dominations of protestant churches because of this. Even after the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, this lie persisted in this country perpetrated by the false claims of Darwinian Evolutionists. Charles Darwin proposed that we all came from one tree of life. He believed it took millions of years of survival and that eventually man arose from a simple life form like an amoeba. It was his theory that the European white Caucasian occupied a higher branch of life than a black African. Of course, this is fake science and was motivated by Darwin’s own personal bias.
The Apostle Paul warns us about the fragility of man, as he states in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” He also says in verse 24 that if we believe in Christ’s righteousness we will be given God’s mercy, “and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Many will agree that much has been accomplished and yet we still have work to be done in the area of working together to solve the problem of deficiency in brotherly love.
The True Meaning of Racism
The issue of racism is seeded in the heart of man when we look at prejudice and discrimination. In most cases, it is taught directly or indirectly from generation to generation and revolves around mistruths. Miriam Webster Dictionary defines racism as: “a belief that is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” Racism is witnessed in the behaviors and actions of individuals against others. It is not only dramatically exemplified in the United States in the slavery movement, but let us not forget the horrific Holocaust of Germany that took 6 million lives, wiping out two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe.
The word race is not mentioned in the Bible. It assumes that we are all in one race connected with the same parents, Adam and Eve. The closest meaning of race is described in the Table of Nations or Generation of Noah in Genesis 10. It describes the biblical lineages of Noah’s three sons and mentions a total of 70 names representing nations spreading around the earth as listed in the account in Genesis 10. There is no other historical record than can compare with the catalog of ancient nations like the one that is found in this account. The Bible also explains how these nations were separated in the next chapter, Genesis 11:1-9, which describes the Tower of Babel where God pronounced judgment on mankind by confusing the languages.
Of almost equal importance to the great world-wide flood found in Genesis 6:1–9:17 was the event at the Tower of Babel which dramatically changed the earth from the inside out, influenced the climate, and brought people a new home. The one who deceived man into sin in the Garden, who garnishes the name The Great Deceiver, was persistent and caused man to stumble again in their pride. They chose to build a tower high into the heavens to worship other gods rather than the one true God and Creator. God then pronounced that he would confuse their languages and scatter them all over the face of the earth. (Genesis 11:8)
Such a division would change things forever on earth. Language, as we know, is a complex phenomenon that is only expressed in humans as a unique creation of God. Evolutionists dramatically fall short in explaining the origin of language because linguists have stated overwhelmingly that there are no simple languages, even though there are hundreds of languages without a writing system. As people moved apart with separate cultures, they developed their distinct social traditions and customs.
The division of nations would also signify biological differences in the form of genetic traits such as skin color, hair, eyes, height, and so on. Skin color simply depends upon the amount of melanin in skin cells; the more melanin present, the darker your skin complexion. Another example is the difference in the shape of our eyes, as exemplified in Asian nations. Asian eyes retain a tiny ligament that pulls the eye lid down, giving an almond shape, versus the non-Asian round shape. All humans are born with this ligament but it disappears after six months in non-Asian eyes. All of our physical traits come from the DNA of our parents.
Our DNA, the genetic information we possess, originated from Adam and Eve. This basic concept logically concludes that at one time, we were one nation and one race, created by God with the same DNA that makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. Race and racism are terms that divide and destroy the family of our Creator and Savior.
The words race and racism are relatively new terms and didn’t become popularized until the invention of Scientific Racism. Its history can be traced back to the French Physician Francois Bernier who, in 1684, proposed that the world is divided into different species or races of humans. Through this he developed the first comprehensive classification system. He used skin color as a marker for different races suggesting that Europeans were farther ahead of other human races.
Over time, numerous published scientific works used other physical traits which made racial claims with further divisions of humankind. Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), who coined the term Scientific Racism, believed that races have separate creations from God who endowed unequal attributes. Charles Darwin took a different viewpoint proposing that man evolved from one source through the ages: primates (in his Descent of Man 1871). He became famous when he suggested that all change in living forms evolved by the mechanism of natural selection in his book, The Origin of Species by Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (1859).
Darwinian evolution has many scientific problems with many dangerous implications that I presented in my book, Evolution’s Fatal Fruit: How Darwin’s Tree of Life brought death to Millions (2006). The book is both historical documentation of Darwin’s life and a critique of the science that he proposed, which fails in every way to prove evolution to be accepted as it is presented in our schools today. There is also an in-depth discussion of his three principal disciples, Thomas Huxley, Ernst Haeckel, and Francis Galton. These men are all responsible for effecting racism into a high level of acceptance which impacted America during the Jim Crow years. In this book, you will witness how Scientific Racism was not only aimed at African Americans but was also aimed at the weak (or whoever was arbitrarily deemed as weak) to be eliminated as it was done in the Holocaust and is done today in abortion clinics.