Racism and the Christian


“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7)


 

The amazing aspect of the race debate is that it has no Scriptural foundation. The term ‘race’ doesn’t even exist in the inspired Word of God. What we see in Scripture is ethnic groups—which is sometimes confused with racial groups (they’re not the same concept!).

 

Genesis 2:7 tells us that, “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

 

Here we see the formation of the first man, from which everyone springs out from. In all regards, that implies that “[God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).

 

As a result, we can only conclude that every human being, whether black or white or any other race, is related.

 

A biblical viewpoint of race is that every human being (Christian or not) is a descendant of Adam and Eve. That’s what Christians should embrace.

 

As Christians, we’ve converged (through the grace of God revealed in Christ’s finished work on the cross) from our different races to a single race. In Christianity, there shouldn’t be ‘them’ and ‘us’. We’re all part of the same body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). We’re first brothers and sisters.

 

Our racial differences should only serve to diversify the Kingdom of God—from which in eternity future there’s a new song sung: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

 

REFLECTIONS:
  • Read and meditate on Revelation 5:9.

This devotion was adapted from Race, Racism and Christianity by Lesetja Lekoloane