John 4:9 (NKJV)
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Even though Jews and Samaritans were all the seed of Abraham, because the Jews felt the Samaritans were ‘less pure’ they detested them and did not associate with them.
Racism and prejudice have been around long before then though. But, let me first clarify that you can’t equate God’s prohibition from the Jews ‘mixing’ with other people as the equivalent to racism. This was purely spiritual because the nations around them served other Gods… It was a matter of faith and not race…
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES: GOD DOESN’T FORBID ‘RACE MIXING’, BUT DOES FORBID ‘FAITH MIXING’…
FAITH, NOT RACE…
Deuteronomy 7:3-4 (NKJV)
3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.
Because we also notice how God punished Moses’ brother and sister when they protested his marriage to an Ethiopian woman and began to murmur against it…
Numbers 12:1-10 (NKJV)
12 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said,
“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
8 I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”
9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam becameleprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.
It’s clear here that God did not have a problem with Moses’ marriage, but He did have a problem with their prejudice. That has not changed.
So, where does this come from, the hatred for others because of their race, heritage or culture?
To make it simple, racism is sin. It’s an old tool of the enemy to divide those created in God’s image.
Racism is a sin that is the fruit of and birthed from other sins. This is not definitely not exhaustive, but here are 5 reasons why I feel racism won’t go away until Jesus returns…
“I’m proud of my race.” “White power” “Black power” etc., can cause people to think their race is better, smarter and entiltled. The devil has even manipulated some to feel they are entitled by God. Even when God calls the Jews, ‘His people’, it’s not because they are better. He just ‘chose’ them to be the people He would use to introduce reveal Himself and His plan to the world, but this also came with great responsibility. In fact, Abraham already had a race. God didnt raise up a race, He raised a faith…FAITH, NOT RACE….
We must remember that God forbids pride. Anything good we accomplish is only because God did it thorugh us or allowed it. It is never of our own, so anything you find yourself being saying you’re ‘proud of something’ would be better expressed, ‘I’m thankful for…’.
Racial pride always leads to racism. Humility always leads to respect and love.
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Much of racism comes from the fear of other races. Fear of sterotypes and quite frankly fear from those who chose to live their lives to validate some sterotypes. However, those stereotypes never represent an entire race. Yes, we all have some cultural norms and tendencies, but the truth is that we all have much more in common that goes beyond race.
When you find yourself being afraid (if you’ll admit it to yourself) of another race or culture even if you feel that other race is more violent, more manipulative, more ‘dangerous’ for what ever reason…remember everyone isn’t the same and…
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Many times racism is provoked by jealousy. Isn’t it amazing how God uses all things for His purpose. He even uses this jealousy to provoke ‘His people’ to accept Yeshua, Christ Jesus as LORD and Savior, while bringing salvation to the Gentiles…
Romans 11:11-12 (NKJV)
11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
Throughout history nations and races have lusted after the resources of another, then decided for themselves that the other nation or race is inferior, incapable or unable to manage their own resources. They have decided that God has entitled them to the the resources, land and even to own others. I feel this is the main justification for colonization, and conquering throughout history. People have even tried to justifying their lust and pursuit of others’ resources by comparing their missions to that of Isreal conquering the lands around them in the book of Joshua. But, THAT was God fulfilling His promise to Abraham, while pronouncing judgment on the surrounding nations as an example…totally different.
Think of how much the enemy has used racism to even allow those within the church to justify their predjudices. The church is still largley segregated, mainly because of culture. There’s no harm in this unless a particular church excludes those of other races.
Here’s a big one. People love to blame! Blame the problems and issues of this world on others. Hitler used this to blame the problems of Germany, Europe and the world on the Jews. Unfortunatley, people are doing the same thing today. They are blaming the limited resources, crime, social issues etc. on other races and cultures.
But here’s the good news, just like any other sin and weakness we can win our personal battles and tendacies towards racist behavior IF WE REALLY WANT TO DO SO.
Too many Christians work on their other sins, but find reasons to justify their racism. This is when this scripture is most powerful…
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
In the meantime, the enemy will still continue to use this effective tool to divide us. He will continue to use it to make fools of us
Galatians 3:27-28 (NKJV)
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The truth is that racism won’t go away until the return of Yeshua, Christ Jesus, and we all become citizens of the kingdom that He is establishing right now on the earth…
Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Please don’t let the current political, social and economic climate allow the devil to manipulate you with racism.