Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Can You Be A Racist Christian?

Can you be a "racist Christian?" Is it possible to love God, yet hate the people he created? Can one justify their hatred, bigotry, and puffed up 'I am better than you' complex? Does fighting against racism mean you're going against God's word because some believe the Bible advocate racism?  For centuries, many have sought to justify their hatred, and can even quote scriptures that appear to support their position. But, are they right? For example, people use the Bible to justify many things, from the days of slavery and throughout the 'Civil Rights movement' to prayer in school to advocating various religious law and exemptions people have used the Scriptures as a justification for their oppression. At times, man is just plain wrong.

First, some argue there is one race, the human race. There are different ethnicity's, but not different or separate races. In college, I learned just that. However, the word racist is prevalent in our society, and that in part is what I am basing the conversion. If you ask someone whether their racist or not, they won't correct you and specify they're speaking of  ethnicity. You'll get something like: "I don't care too much for blacks or colored folks." And, that disconnected mindset usually shows through within their interpersonal communication skills. A Christian has no business degrading God's creation.
I won't spend a whole lot of time on this, but one of the biggest Unchristian acts was American slavery. The slave trade which was essentially enacted by white Jews.That is to say, at-least to some degree; white Jews took Africans and brought them to a country without the consent of the people being taken. Now, the Bible does speak about slavery, but it had nothing to do with  Africans being taken from Africa and turned into slaves without any rights, and treated like animals.

You see the Bible is for us, but it isn't always to us. Hear what I am saying. The Bible is for our benefit, and it has a spiritual and at times very literal interpretation. So, at times, the writer is writing a specific group of people during particular circumstances. But if we start from a racist ideological standpoint, we search for that which brings out the worst in us. Because if we fail to understand the Bible as we should, God's message for us might be lost in the confusion. So, the default position should always be love. In other words, when reading the Scriptures we should view the words with a loving, humble, and eager to listen, spirit.

If you think God allows, permits are encouraged racism you're not reading the Bible correctly, at least not within the context under which it should read. We shouldn't give those against us, more of a reason to be against us. Therefore, we should always encourage one another  with the love of Christ. Christ hated NO one. Racism is always wrong.

At the same time, hating a false religion is not racist. Yes,  in fact, a large part of Islam consist of Middle Eastern folks, hatred for the religion itself is not racist because it has to do with a false ideology which is contrary to what Christ taught. Muslims, especially as of late, terrorize each-other seeding plants of fear into the international community, and often, Muslims refer to Islam as "the religion of peace." However, their religion is anything but peaceful. As they are chopping off heads and stoning women to death. Muslims, specifically in Iraq and Syria are beheading, crucifying, and shooting anyone who gets in their way. Therefore, condemning such barbarism is not  a radical racist, or even a bigotry based view of Islam. God is giving us a clear indication Islam is false, and his prophet isn't and never will be Muhammad.

"God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.

Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died."

In conclusion, yes Christians have perpetrated horrible acts of racism on people, and those people were wrong. But today, for the most part, Christianity is a loving, caring religion of peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Islam, on the other hand, is a religion based off the lie Muhammad was a prophet.Besides being false, Islam is complete religiosity. One must follow religious practices and repetitious type prayers, etc. And, hopefully at the end of your life, if you've done more good than bad, you might get into heaven. '
So, because God is love and he commands his people love all people, even those who hate him, Christians cannot be racist. However, there can be confused Christian who need prayer  and understanding - understanding to see the love Christ has for all people.

Got Questions.What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?" Got Questions. http://www.gotquestions.org/racism-Bible.html#ixzz3ACbu4SzS

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