Abusing Racism

The Bible tells of a woman who became a statue of salt for disobeying God (Gen. 19:17, 26), while a husband and wife were destroyed for lying (Acts 5:4-10). In both of these examples, I ask, what was their skin color? Most rational people will see that race had nothing to do with these events. These people were judged because they chose to disobey God, not because they were of a particular skin pigment. Likewise, when He tells us to avoid wickedness, He does not base His judgment on ethnicity (Gal. 5:19-21). God holds every nation to the same standard of righteousness (Matt. 25:32-46).

If we can see that truth, we should be able to see the injustice that occurs in our world regarding racism. Way too many people are justifying rude and criminal behavior, either of their own or someone else’s, by accusing their prosecutors of racism. This does not mean discrimination does not occur and that people are not treated unfairly. God knows who is acting that way and will eventually judge them (1 Pet. 2:23). But, that does not justify one’s own illicit behavior and defiance of the law, which God also forbids (Rom. 13:1-4). He gives no one the right to loot stores and shoot at cops, or to threaten others with violence. Those who act this way are disobeying God, not man (v. 2).

Some will say, “You don’t know what it’s like to be of a different race. You don’t know what we go through.” And if you saw me you would realize how foolish that sounds. I can assure you there is good and bad in every race, that our society is not as bigoted as people make it out to be, and that life is often how we view it. If we want to believe the world is against us, we will interpret everyone’s actions as racism. But if we want to see the good in people, we can find that as well. Most people treat us the way we treat them (Pro. 18:24). Regardless, truth and obedience are not determined by race. The call to repentance and personal accountability is the same in every language (Acts 10:34-35). –Mike Thomas

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