Oak Grove Church of Christ
A Christian Response To Racism
June 21, 2020

A Christian Response To Racism

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Passage: Acts 17:26
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From time to time when we hear the term, "Black Lives Matter" we jump in and say, "All lives matter..." or Blue, lives matters.

Racism is difficult to talk about it. We have a hard time grappling with he fact that our countries has not always lived up to it's ideal.

 

We often, simply say, "all lives matter" to try to deal with he problem which is an easy way to consider

 

We have a large segment of our society that is hurting. We might say, well don't you have it bad enough? Remember what it was like. But, that is really telling them, they don't matter.

If we are going to reach people with the gospel we must let them know that they matter.

When it comes to the topic of racism, we think of the KKK, Hiler, and other organizations that are the banner for overt racism. Then, there is the idea of the concept of looking at one because of the color of their skin or their who they descend from, and we think differently of them, that is racism

We see the obvious racism, and we as Christians we think, well I'm not like that. Racism can be seen in any situation where once considers another person in a different way because of their race.

Racism: “1) A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 2) Racial prejudice or discrimination” — Webster’s

Racism, is when e think that we are one way and they are another way, and developing a supeirotiey because of the differences.

We can't know what someone goes through unless we walk in their shoes. But, empathy, is when you consider what another feels in their given situation.

The inability to empathize with someone often has to do with pride, or greed. Historically racism seeks support from two main areas, science and the Bible.

The Bible and Racism

  • Ephesians 2:14
  • 1 Samuel 16:7

The Bible makes no such distinction because of the color of a person's skin or physcial features. It makes a distinction between he righteous and the unrighteous.

We ought to make judgments about people, solely on their character.

Science and Racism

Many will look for a scientific reason for the color of one's skin.

This comes about by the theory of evolution. Scientists thus concluded, one race, their own, was superior to all.

This line of thinking is what has lead to racial purging, such as Hitler's Neo-Nazi Germany.

A Biblical Response to Racism

How should Chrisitans view race? We must all realize that we all descend from a common human person.

We are all of one race.

  • Genesis 3:20
  • Acts 17:26
  • Genesis 9:6

The Gospel is for ALL

There is one God, who died for ALL People.

  • 1 Timothy 2:5-6
  • Galatians 3:26-28

Love shown by God for Man, Agape Love, is how Chrisitans should Respond.

  • Matthew 22:37-39
  • Luke 10:29

In God's eyes all are deserving of Love, even those who hate us.

  • Matthew 5:44
  • Acts 15:9
  • Acts 10:34-35
  • 1 Peter 1:17
  • Romans 1:14-16
  • Romans 2:11
  • Ephesians 6:9
  • Colossians 4:1

There are problems in the world, in our local community. We cant' correct these with human wisdom.

Political solutions relies on human wisdom.

  • Jeremiah 10:23
  • John 14
  • Ephesians 5:1
  • Matthew 28:19

A Christian Response To Racism

Racial prejudice is a violation of God's law that instructs us to love our neighbor.

  • 1 John 4:7-8
  • 1 Peter 1:25
  • Genesis 1:26-27

Man is made in the image of God. Thus, if men recognize this truth they must move toward one another as men who share a common part in life. That common part, is in the image of God. We can't say, all mean are made in God's image, but...

That's what people do, they declare a difference with that, but.

Oh, What a Dream!

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are to judge not according to appearance, but with righteous judgment. God judges between two people, the rightoues and the unrighteous.

  • John 7:24
  • Matthew 25:41
  • Matthew 25:34

When the Lord returns, which group of people will you be a part of?

We're going to be judged based upon how we live our lives in the body. We will be judged by the things we say and do. If we look at our fellow man with hatred for any reason, we have a problem.

If you are one who has not been a faithful child of God, you can repent.

If you are one who has not been born again as a child of God, you can believe that Christ is the son of God, and be baptized into Christ to be a beneficiary of all spiritual blessings found in Christ.

If we can help you in anyway reach out to us so that we can connect.

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