Race In America and the Bible

Affordable Webhosting!

To hear this lesson as a .wav file listen to or download at Mediafire please click http://www.mediafire.com/?kzi2463uwjsn1ht.

This lesson has been a long time coming. I felt led to write it after reading several articles by Erika D. Smith of the Indianapolis Star. First I want to give everyone a little background. My mother’s family is all pretty much of Irish descent with some Cherokee thrown in somewhere. My father was born in Puerto Rico and his first ancestor that he knows of was an African servant in a Puerto Rican home. I grew up in Detroit, MI and for many years my best friend was Curtis whose father was black and his mother white. I lived next door to; and we rented from the Fakhourys’, lovely Arabic people. Who were also our friends for many years during my childhood and I still remember some of the amazing foods; stuffed grape leaves, lamb and rice with spinach cream sauce, oh man! I also spent a few years in one of the biggest “gangs” in America, the US Army. We had only one color O.D. green. My wife is white with some Cherokee and we used to get a lot of looks and whispers. My Mom says that back when she and my Dad were together he used to get stopped because they didn’t know “what he was”. I myself have been asked on numerous occasions, “I don’t mean to be rude, but what are you anyways?” How can you ask that and not be rude? I am a human, a man, an American.

I view race in America as a nearly lost cause because so many people believe so many things that just aren’t true. MANY people of color believe that government is the answer to their problems and just can’t see that government has moved them from one state of slavery to another. Housing projects are the plantations now; welfare, head start and public school attendance based solely on address are some of the shackles. Some people believe that they are “owed” something for injustices in the past. We never talk about the historical fact that it was Africans who first kidnapped and sold into slavery other tribes. We never think to ask, if slavery never happened, would people be better off; in Africa or in America? We cannot change our past or history. We also shouldn’t use it as an excuse. Our Government has a history of trapping and enslaving people. One need only look at the abuses the Native Americans have endured and the current situations on reservations to see where government help can get people.

Until we learn that race is being used by some to keep us divided we have no hope of progressing forward. The race hustlers and the media spin this as one party cares and one doesn’t. Tell me, which view is racist? That a poor black youth can’t succeed unless he is “helped” by government and affirmative action, or that ALL people have at least an almost equal opportunity to succeed if they will just apply themselves? There is an inherent racism at the core of liberalisms attempts to “help” people. While certainly a suburban middle class, mostly white school district does offer some benefits that are not usually found in a poor urban area, this has vastly more to do with finances than race. If all people waited to have children until they were married and stayed married, there would be much less poverty. If parents in impoverished areas cared as much about what their children were learning in school as they did about their shoes, then we would already have one piece of the formula for “education reform” with no additional expense.

What does the Bible have to say about race? Well, first if you go back and read your Bible you see in Genesis that all people are descended from Adam & Eve. So guess what? The “differences” in people are largely imaginary. Oddly enough, even secular scientists are starting to acknowledge this fact. While mapping; the human genome project discovered that there is such a small percentage of difference between all the races on Earth, that we are, essentially one race. This makes total sense within a Biblical worldview and framework. I know that some in the past have used scripture as a justification for preventing “mixed marriages” citing such scripture as Genesis 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:” as evidence that God forbids marriage of different “peoples”. When these scriptures are read in context with other examples it becomes clear that what God is concerned with is religious difference and how the wrong marriage might cause you to leave off from worship of him! Nehemiah 13:27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives? 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? In closing I want to call upon you, each of you to judge a man by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin. Think I am paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King? Well, I am. However, he can’t take credit for it. GOD said it first, all through the Bible. Here is just one example, John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. Dr. Martin Luther King did say some wonderful things. Many of them were motivated by scripture and the sayings and teachings of Jesus.

I had to add a link here for Pastor C.L. Bryant’s Documentary “Runaway Slave”! it looks awesome and you can learn more about it here. Runawayslavemovie.com

Here is a great quote from Singer, songwriter and columnist Lloyd Marcus “”Can we move past race and gender and simply elect the best American for the job? Due to liberal media manipulation and guilt, America elected an incompetent black guy as leader of the free world to prove that we are not racist. Obama’s black skin has made him untouchable, the left’s dream tool to further their socialist agenda. … Obama got 96% of the black vote [in the 2008 election] with surveys proving that many blacks were clueless about Obama’s intentions…. Call me crazy, but if it ‘ain’t’ right for whites to vote for the white guy because he is white, it ‘ain’t’ right for blacks to vote for the black guy because he is black. Yes, we blacks have suffered greatly in the past due to racism. But to exploit America’s original sin of slavery as a license for black racist behavior is a slap in the face to MLK and all who have sacrificed, suffered, and died to move us forward and together as a nation.”

You can see a Ken Hamm video on One Blood One Race below.