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Racism Has No Place In The Church

George McNulty

The Lord Jesus Christ said in the gospel account of John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” This is not a suggestion.  It’s a command directly from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  Who does it apply to?

In Matthew 7:12, we read,  “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  Here is the clear command to treat others as we would ourselves!  If we were at the hands of an enemy, would we not want mercy?  So, we should realize that, according to the blessed Redeemer, there is no room for hatred in the heart of one of his followers!

In 1 John 3:15, we read, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Yet, there is a hate that is held onto and passed along like a precious heirloom.  Racism is a cancer to the very depths of the soul that endangers those infected with the peril of Hell.  Jesus commands Christians to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). That includes ALL of mankind. We are told, in John 3:16, “For God so loved the WORLD.”  That is as inclusive as it gets. God loves the world and all that are in it.  He loves the human race in its entirety.

Acts 17:26 says that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men.”  We are one blood; we are the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve; we have “all sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Christians are described in Galatians 3:38 as being  “neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” In the book of Revelation, we get a glimpse Heaven, where there is no segregation...Gods kingdom is no apartheid state. In verse 9 of chapter seven, we are shown “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.”  Did you catch that? All nations!   Red, yellow, black, brown and white!  ALL nations are become one in the kingdom of our Lord!  One King, one kingdom, one people, one blood.

The hate of racism cannot be defended and should not be defended! What is learned can be unlearned; hate can be put aside and the love (that practical concern for our human brothers and sisters) can take its place. This should bring respect, care, and a color blindness when we see with our souls as fellow creatures of God -- sinners in need of a loving, merciful and inclusive Saviour, who came “to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:1).

If we are to be faithful to Christ, then we must forsake inherited patterns of hate and the language of hate. The use of degrading words are clearly unacceptable in the heart, mind or mouth of one who calls himself a Christian.  These words unfit for mention are aimed at dehumanizing others whom Christ gave his life for!

If you have hatred, you must get out of it and get into Christ. In Galatians 3:27, we are told how we can be purified from our sins:  “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Some people need to put away the hate and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to unlearn hate and learn love from the Master who made us all, with purpose, with love, with compassion, and with joy.  The master artist Jesus Christ created all things, and “he offers his mercy and grace to all” (John 1:1).  The rich man was told to leave his riches and we, too, must leave the things that are keeping us from Heaven.  Give up your old treasured sins and become the Christian that God requires you to be.

Love, love, love, love.  The gospel in one word is love.  Love thy neighbor as thy brother.  Love, love, love.”

 

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