“Black or White”
Everyone sees the world through a lens that is colored by their race, skin color, nation of origin, culture, family dynamics, societal norms and their education.
This includes what we have been told and what we choose to believe.
Racial equality finds its root in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Prior to God's written revelation there was no underlying belief system that supported equality. Dignity, worth, and value for all are Judeo-Christian concepts.
Genesis 1:26-27 NKJVThen God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 9:6 NKJV"Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
Exodus 20:13 NKJV"You shall not murder.
Why the divide?
Most walls go up a brick at a time. The wall between black people and white people in America went up at a moment in time through slavery.
Unfortunately, the very Bible we love was used, by some, to justify slavery.
If equality is ingrained in the teachings of the Bible, why did so many American "Christians" accept slavery?
A— They misinterpreted the scriptures. They used the scriptures to justify what the scriptures actually condemned.
- Were not considered property.
- Mainly served to work off debt.
- Had some freedoms.
- Were to be treated with respect.
- Were often citizens.
- Had children who were free.
- Worked for a stated time period.
- Were legal property.
- Labored to benefit only their owner.
- Had no freedom.
- Were often abused.
- Were not citizens & had no rights.
- Had children who were not free.
- Worked until death.
Racism stems from the belief that one race is more deserving, important, valuable and empowered than the others.
The root cause of racism is SIN!
The solution for racism is Christ and the Cross! (John 3:16)
1 John 3:15 NKJVWhoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Four Ways To Bridge the Racial Gap:
1. Stop generalizing people groups.
- ALL white people are _______.
- ALL black people are _______.
- SOME white people are _______.
- SOME black people are _______.
2. Stop stereotyping people unlike you.
3. Start praying honestly about the condition of your heart.
"God help me to see people at the soul level."
4. Start learning from people who disagree with you.