What Is Racism?

Racism is a major topic in the United States today. Since the campaigns for president in 2016, thousands of people have spoken about racism and people have issued charges of racism against others. It is time for EVERYONE to step back, take a breath and get to a simple definition of racism and work from there.

Anyone can be racist IF they believe: 1) One race of humans is better than another because of the color of their skin. 2) Because of their skin color/ethnicity, they are entitled to special privileges or they are denied opportunities available to all. 3) People’s skin color or ethnicity determines their worth as a person.

Let me explain who is NOT a racist. Anyone who takes seriously what the Apostle Paul teaches in Galatians 3:28. “There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In other words, there is only one race; the HUMAN Race. There are only two subgroupings from the human race; those who know Jesus as their Savior, and those who do not.

Every human is created in the image of God. Every human has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus died to redeem and reconcile every human to himself. That is all that matters. The blessings of God are never based on skin color, but on obedience.

It doesn’t matter if you are the President or a criminal, white, black, yellow, or brown, you and I need Jesus and all he offers; love, forgiveness, eternal life, freedom from sin, death, Hell, and the grave, and so much more. Sin demands justice and punishment. God is the one to provide it. Any other idea just muddies the waters and distracts from the real conversation: “Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?”

We are all created by God in his image. To denigrate a person, no matter their skin color, for their skin color is to slap God in the face and say, “We know better.” STOP IT!

Let me know what you think.

Pastor Todd

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