It doesn’t take the word of an Ivy League professor for us to see that our nation is just as divided now on questions of race as it has ever been. From the events that took place in Ferguson, MO to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, America has been shaken by divisions that we once believed were settled decades ago. We have seen that bigotry and fascism continue to be alive and well and racial superiority is still the motto by which many choose to live. Undoubtedly, most Christians today would say that racism is a sin and is condemned in the Bible. However, if we are truly being honest with ourselves, we often fail to take an unequivocal stance against racism as we do against homosexuality and abortion. Often it is the case that we allow racism to go on in our midst without taking the stance that Jesus would have us to take.
As followers of Jesus, it is vitally important that we stand just as strongly against any form of racism as we do against any other hot topic of our time. The Bible speaks clearly and unequivocally against racism in any form. For example, the book of Galatians states:
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28
What is the Apostle Paul saying in this passage? He is saying that, in the eyes of God, the divisions that we create for ourselves do not exist. He is saying that if we are one with Jesus Christ we are one with one another. When God looks at the world, He does not see Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, etc. Instead, He sees the work of His hand in each individual. The question that we must ask ourselves is this:
If God does not allow race to be a source of division in His eyes, how can we say that we are justified in doing so ourselves?
The point is, the book of Genesis tells us that we are all made in the image of God. This is not an exclusive statement. It is not just whites, or Hispanics, or African Americans, or Jews that are made in the image of God. We are ALL made in the image of God and have been given our unique characteristics from the hand of God. This includes all races of every nation.
Now, we may say that racism is far from us and that we in no way participate in the divisions that are taking place. However, we must realize that when we see racism taking place before our eyes and fail to take a stand against it, we are guilty through our apathy. God expects us as His disciples to take a stand for and against the things that He would take a stand for and against. To overcome the divisions that exist in our generation, we must look at all races through the eyes of God.