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April 21, 2017

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REALLY SAY ABOUT RACISM?

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" WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REALLY SAY ABOUT RACISM?  [Racism is hatred for ANY particular ethnic group; placing every individual person under hatred for that group without seeing any good in, or through any of them.]  God called us all to speak out and stand against all forms of evil – the evil of spiritual, emotional, and physical murder on all levels of life.  "NOT TO SHOW PARTIALITY TO THE WICKED, but to defend the poor and fatherless, and to do justice to ALL those who are afflicted and needy," (Eph. 4:1; Jam. 1:27; Ps. 82:2-4.)  Let us then condemn ALL BAD BEHAVIOR without condemning any ethnic group.  If we desire  a change in the hearts of people, we must love them enough to show them that we live a life of integrity; telling them the truth about everything – especially the Truth of God’s Word, which brings eternal life to the world.  None of us could choose the ethnic group we were born into; it is a gift from the Most High God.  So, let us not justify our own racist motives while exposing the political ideologies and deliberate misconceptions that drive ethnic crimes in this world.  God warned that “he who hates is a murderer, and cannot have eternal life abiding in him,” (1 Jn. 3:15.)  Hatred in all its various forms is a great danger, which we all have to continually guard against.  We are all guilty of hatred in some way or another, and not realizing that hatred is stalking us all to make murderers out of us, places us in a position where we can become just like those we abhor by doing exactly what they do, even if it all began for a very good reason.  God SO loved the WHOLE world, that “He gave His only begotten Son so that WHOEVER believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life, (Jn. 3:16.)  Thus, Jesus bought All true believers “from every tribe, tongue and nation” with His own blood.  Spiritually, in Christ, there “does not exist Jew or Gentile (people from non-Jewish nations,) male or female, slave or free, for [true believers] are ALL ONE [nation] in Him...."
~Renette Vermeulen


Dictionary of Bible Themes:

  5882 IMPARTIALITY
The ability to be unbiased towards any one race, class or person. This attitude is demonstrated by God and is to be emulated by the human race.

God is impartial

Dt 10:17 See also 2Ch 19:7
God treats people impartially Mt 5:45 See also Job 25:3Job 34:19Pr 22:2Ro 2:11Eph 6:9
God judges impartially Col 3:25 See also Job 34:11-12Ps 62:12Jer 17:10Ro 2:9-112Co 5:101Pe 1:17Rev 22:12
God does not distinguish between people on the basis of external appearance 1Sa 16:7 See also Ps 147:10-11Jer 9:25Lk 16:15Gal 2:6Rev 2:23
God does not discriminate against different races or classes Ac 10:34-35Gal 3:28 See also Dt 10:18Job 34:19Ac 10:28Ac 15:7-9

The impartiality of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ’s teaching was impartial Lk 20:21 pp Mt 22:16 pp Mk 12:14 See also Mt 20:1-16 a parable of Jesus Christ about divine impartiality
Jesus Christ showed impartiality in his dealings with people Jn 4:9Jesus Christ contravened accepted boundaries of partiality in this encounter. See also Mt 9:10-12 pp Mk 2:15-17 pp Lk 5:29-31Mt 15:22-28 pp Mk 7:26-29Mt 20:20-23 pp Mk 10:35-40

Impartiality commended

Humanity should judge impartiallyPr 24:23-25 See also Ex 18:16Dt 1:17Dt 16:19Dt 24:17Pr 17:15Pr 18:5Mal 2:9

Showing impartiality to all people is commanded

Impartiality to foreigners Ex 22:21See also Ex 23:9Lev 19:33-34Nu 15:15-16Ro 10:12
Impartiality to children Dt 21:15-17
Impartiality to the poor Ex 23:6 See also Ex 23:3Lev 19:15Pr 29:7Jas 2:2-7

Ways to avoid partiality

By not accepting bribes Ex 23:8 See also Job 36:18Pr 15:27Isa 1:23
By not following the crowd Ex 23:2Mk 15:15

Christians should be partial towards spiritual principles

Examples where impartiality is absent

Ge 25:27-28 Isaac and Rebekah to Jacob and Esau; Ge 29:30-32 Jacob to Leah and Rachel; Ge 37:3-4 Jacob to Joseph and his brothers; 1Sa 1:4-6 Elkanah to Hannah and Peninnah

See also

1020God, all-knowing
1075God, justice of
2042Christ, justice of
5347injustice
5359justice
5448poverty, attitudes to
8207commitment
8277innocence
8324purity
8753favouritism
8790oppression
8800prejudice
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/5882-impartiality

❌Human #TRADITIONS can be contrary to God’s word and thereby come into CONFLICT with the CHRISTIAN FAITH:
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/5588-traditions

❌Christian unity is greater than nationalism...
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/5424-nationalism

❌  Jewish exclusiveness overturned
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/7525-exclusiveness

❌ 7025 church, unity and fellowship of:
The church is one in essence, because it is founded on one gospel, united to one Lord and indwelt by one Spirit. Its unity is under constant threat because of the tendency to division that is inherent in fallen humanity, and needs to be continually maintained and actively expressed in fellowship.
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/7025-church-unity-fellowship

❌ 8800 Prejudice:
The Seen mainly in Scripture as a bias against places, peoples and ideas. It is sometimes so firmly rooted as to resist all contrary evidence.
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/8800-prejudice


1 Corinthians 1:22-23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

 For Jews demand signs (attesting miracles), and Greeks pursue [worldly] wisdom and philosophy, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, [a message which is] to Jews a stumbling block [that provokes their opposition], and to Gentiles foolishness [just utter nonsense],


❌ The Gentiles may reject the gospel as foolishness:
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/7535-Greeks

❌ 8753 favouritism:
The unfair treatment of a person or group in preference to another. Favouritism is shown in Scripture as causing division both in the family and in the church. It is warned against in the administration of justice. The human tendency to partiality is contrasted with God’s impartial dealings.
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/8753-favouritism


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5867 GOLDEN RULE

The command of Jesus Christ to love others as ourselves

See also

8298 love for one another
8405 commands, in NT
8452neighbours, duty to

❎ 5765 attitudes, to other people

5765 attitudes, to other people

Scripture illustrates a range of attitudes towards other people, some of which are commended, while others are condemned.

Love

Forgiveness

Helpfulness

Hospitality

Generosity

Kindness

Humility

Patience

Submission

Eph 5:21 Submission to governing authorities: Ro 13:1,51Pe 2:13Submission of wives to husbands:Eph 5:22-24Col 3:181Ti 2:111Pe 3:1,5-6
Jas 3:171Pe 2:18 submission of slaves to masters; 1Pe 5:5

Gentleness

Unselfishness

Pride

Jealousy

Judgment

Lk 6:37 pp Mt 7:1 See also Jn 8:3-7

Anger

Hatred

1Jn 3:15 See also 1Jn 2:9,111Jn 4:20

Partiality

See also

5789anger
5813conceit
5875hatred
5876helpfulness
5897judging others
5959submission
6655forgiveness, application
8260generosity
8291kindness
8298love for one another
8356unselfishness
8445hospitality

❎  5813 CONCEIT
A state of pride arising out of an overestimation of one’s own ability, possessions or importance.

The definition of conceit

Examples of conceit

In military strength 2Ki 18:33-35See also Ex 15:91Sa 17:42-44
In the power of idols Da 3:15 See also Ac 8:9-10
In personal abilities Mt 26:33 pp Mk 14:29 See also Ge 16:41Ki 20:11Est 5:10-12
In false teaching 1Ti 6:3-4
In possessions Hos 12:8
In intellectual ability Ps 73:7-9
In national status Isa 47:6-8 See also Isa 16:6Jer 48:29

God’s response to conceit

Warnings against conceit

The folly of conceit

The danger of conceit for Christians

Remedies for conceit

Being aware of one’s sin Lk 18:9-14
Being prepared to mix with the lowly Ro 12:16
Considering others as being superior Php 2:3

See also

5764attitudes, negative to God
5793arrogance
6121boasting
8224dependence
8276humility
8755folly
8802pride
8820self-confidence

8452 NEIGHBOURS, DUTY TO

Scripture defines the identity of neighbours in various ways, and indicates the nature and extent of believers’obligations to them.

Neighbours defined

Those who live nearby Pr 3:29 See also Ex 3:22Ex 12:4Dt 19:142Ki 4:3Pr 27:10Lk 15:4-6
Those of the same race Lev 19:18See also 1Sa 15:27-281Sa 28:171Ch 12:38-40
Peoples of surrounding nations Dt 1:7 See also Jos 9:161Sa 7:14Ezr 9:1Ne 9:30Ne 10:28,31Ps 76:11Eze 16:26
Those who show mercy to people in need Lk 10:29-37
Fellow Christians Eph 4:25 See alsoRo 15:1-2Gal 5:13-16Jas 4:11-12

Duties to neighbours

Assistance Ex 23:4-5 See also Dt 22:1-4Pr 14:21Mt 25:34-40
Fair treatment Ex 22:14 See also Ex 20:17Lev 6:2-5Lev 19:15Dt 5:21
Honest dealings Lev 19:13 See alsoZec 8:16-17Eph 4:25
Forgiveness Eph 4:32 See also Mt 18:21-35Lk 17:3-4Ro 15:1-2Col 3:13
Reproof Lev 19:17 See also Lk 17:3Gal 6:1-2

Prohibition of negative actions towards neighbours

False witness Ex 20:16 pp Dt 5:20See also Lev 19:16Pr 24:28
Oppression Jer 22:13 See also Pr 3:28
Judgment Jas 4:12 See also Mt 7:1-2Lk 6:41-42Ro 14:13

See also

2363Christ, preaching & teaching
5051 responsibility

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/8452-neighbours-duty


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