I'd like to think that most honest, thinking Christians have come to understand that the word "racist" is often used to smear people (especially white people) unfairly and indiscriminately by the secular media and by the political left. But professing Christians themselves are also unfairly and indiscriminately using the "r" word to promote a universalist idea that has no biblical support.
Outside of Bible prophecy, I'm not aware of any other topic where Christians are more disposed to pulling Bible passages out of context. The biggest problem with race in Christian doctrine is that it calls into question universal salvation, redemption and justification. The existence of the distinct races of mankind also calls into question the popular "young earth" idea proposed by Creation Science, as well as whether Adam was the first human being.
So powerful is the desire to incorporate all the races of human kind into the promises that even Creation Science darling Ken Hamm embraces some of the most untenable aspects of Evolution thinking. He makes them even more implausible by maintaining that all the races are traced to one man in less than five millennia.
Nobody wants any righteous person who loves the Lord to be less in any way than another. We all have compassion and concern for good people of all races. But it has been pressed upon us that all the races are the same, and have the same promises. It is here that the line has been crossed.
According to Bibleinfo.com, anyone who questions that all the peoples of earth are the same - with the same promises - is a racist. Like the secular media and the political left, they unfairly and indiscriminately apply that distasteful label to honest, thinking Christians. Let's work through how they try to do it, using an article simply entitled Racism on their Web site.
Racism is a sin. It's in the Bible, James 2:8-9, NIV. "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers."
James, in Chapter 2 of his book, is not writing to all human beings on planet earth. He is writing to the 1st-century Disapora (James 1:1) who were descendants of Abraham (James 2:21). They knew the Scripture (James 4:5) and the Law (James 2:8-11).
All peoples of planet earth cannot be descendants of Abraham, nor were they under the Law:
He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel . He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalms 147:19-20)
Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. (Amos 3:1-2)
Universalists attempt to make the Greek word plēsion (translated as neighbor, Strongs G4139) as meaning anybody nearby. But Jesus did not mean it that way in Luke Chapter 10, in which we find the account of the Good Samaritan. The fallen man along the road, like the woman at the well (the Gospel of John, Chapter 4) was an Israelite (John 4:12). These "Gentiles" were targets of the Gospel because of their physical lineage and their ties to the Covenant promises to the Jews in Judea. Note that Jesus certainly did not treat the Canaanite woman in Matthew Chapter 15 as a neighbor. According to Bibleinfo.com, Jesus would then have been a sinner and a lawbreaker!
All men have the same blood. It's in the Bible, Acts 17:26, KJV. "And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth."
The 1st-century Hebrew did not associate the unique genetic attributes of blood with ethnicity. This was a science that appeared nearly 2000 years after Acts Chapter 17 was written. Besides, the oldest and most reliable manuscripts omit the Greek word haima (hah' – ee – mah, blood) - but, even if it is to be included, it must mean in context the singular shed Blood of the Lamb, not the blood of the races of mankind.
God accepts people from every race, culture and nation. It's in the Bible, Acts 10:34,35, NIV. "Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.'" (Racism, http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/topics/racism)
Peter's dream, and his subsequent declaration to Cornelius as detailed in Acts Chapter 10 is often used by mainstream preachers for two things: proof that God removed the unclean food constraints, and proof that God extended all the promises made to Israel to all peoples of every ethnicity on planet earth. Both applications are wrong, and - obviously - both applications cannot simultaneously be true.
Unless "the people" of Acts 10:42 are a different people than those identified by Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:24, Matthew 10:6) "the people" were Israelites. Unless "the people" of Acts 10:42 are a different people than those spoken of by the prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Zechariah and Hosea - as appealed to by Peter himself in Acts 10:43 - "the people" were Israelites. You see, Peter was not confused about "the people" and their unique promises:
But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light... (1st Peter 2:9)
Bibleinfo.com has curiously omitted this obviously "racist" statement made by later by the Apostle Peter.
Does "all men of every nation" mean every human being in every geographical location on the planet? No! The phrase - in context - applied to the scattered Adamic peoples to whom the restorative and redemptive promises applied.
Scripture confirms that some peoples and some nations were specifically excluded from the promises, as in the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites (Exodus 23:23). Yahweh "clears away many nations before you" (Deuteronomy 7:1). It is Israel which is the Son (Exodus 4:22) who alone was given the covenants, the law and the promises (Romans 9:1-5). If the Canaanite were equal to the Israelite, why did the prophets prophesy that, in the New Covenant, there would be "no more the Canaanite" in the house of the Lord (Zechariah 14:21)?
The arguments also made by Bibleinfo.com concerning how we judge and treat others are, then, dependent on who "the people" are - in context. Lest anyone think that the Covenant people were exempt from the requirement to be obedient - and thus experienced "favoritism" - consider their fate in Judges Chapters 3, 4 and 13, where Israelites were placed into the hands of Moab, Midian and the Philistines. Israelites themselves were excluded, scattered, and even "divorced" by their God when they worshipped other gods and "did evil in the sight of the Lord". It is always only a small remnant that is saved in the end!
God's place of worship is to be a gathering for all nations. It's in the Bible, Mark 11:17, NKJV. "Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’
There are so many problems with trying to apply this passage to the universalist gospel, it's difficult to begin.
The Greek word ethnos (translated here as "nations") does not mean all geographical locations of planet earth. Nor does it normally mean all peoples (and ethnicities). In the New Testament, ethnos is commonly translated as "Gentiles" and very definitely often is a reference to those Israelites scattered among the nations, as any Greek lexicon will confirm.
Yahweh never tabernacled amongst any people than the Covenant people. Search and search throughout the Bible, but you will not find His Temple to be found anywhere but amongst His Own. Moreover, His Own is a literal, physical people - not a spiritual concept. The New Covenant promise of Him dwelling in the hearts and minds of His People is found in Jeremiah 31:31F. I encourage you to read the passage if you believe that this indwelling promise was made to any people other than those who were led out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.
This is important! Many commentaries will cross-reference Mark 11:17 to 1 Kings Chapter 8:41F. Let's read:
Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name. (1 Kings 8:41-43)
We see here that a distinction is made between the Israelite and person who is "not of Your people" from a "far country". This foreign person recognizes Yahweh in prayer and fears the God of His people Israel. The prayer made by this person is heard, and thus all the peoples of earth fear the God of Israel. But it is the Holy City in which the people of Israel have built the Temple! The Temple was not a city in a far country, built by a person which is "not of Your people". Compare this to these beautiful words of the prophet Micah:
Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Micah 4:2)
You see, the nations come to the Holy City - not the other way around. Then - and now - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob dwells amongst the people called by His Name, to whom alone were given the promises. Simply put: all peoples cannot be chiefs and priests. All peoples cannot be peculiar, and not all peoples can be His Bride.
Keeping these things in mind, let's consider the next "proof" that "racism is a sin" by Bibleinfo.com:
The gospel is for every person in the world. It's in the Bible, Revelation 14:6, NIV. "Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people."
Bibleinfo.com is quoting the NIV here, which attempts to make the "earth" as geographical nations of the planet. Note the hyphen after "earth" which serves to use the following nation, tribe, language and people words as modifiers. Let's now look at the NASB version:
And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth (ge), and to every nation (ethnos) and tribe and tongue and people...
Note the deliberate distinction made between the earth in this (and most other) non-NIV translations by using a comma after "earth". There was the Gospel to be preached in the land and also to the peoples. The land is not the peoples. "The people" were both in the land (ge) and scattered among the nations (ethnos). The earth here is not spherical planet Earth!
ge...a country, land enclosed within fixed boundaries, a tract of land, territory, region (Strongs G1093)
As we found in Micah Chapter 4, the Gospel is indeed for every person everywhere, in the sense that all peoples of every nation (ethnos), tribe, language and people (laos) are blessed and benefit greatly when they fear Him. A great deal of time can be spent on developing this, but let's briefly look to another familiar passage for confirmation:
For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that [are] upon the earth ('adamah). (Deuteronomy 14:2)
The Hebrew 'adamah (Strongs H127, translated as "earth") here is equivalent to the Greek ge ("land, territory, country") with no global connotation.
In the Bible - both the Old and New Testaments - a distinction is made between "the people" and all the other peoples as necessary. When looking at the original Hebrew and Greek, it also is consistent in describing the scope of the Gospel and Kingdom promises.
In Heaven, we all will worship the Lord together. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 66:22, NIV. "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD."
The "Heavens and the Earth" is not Heaven, and Isaiah is not saying that all human beings will worship Him in some future utopia. The Heavens and the Earth is the Kingdom government established here on earth, as it is in Heaven. It concerns God's manifesting of Himself to "all flesh" as He had in the "days of Noah" in Holy Judgment.
Isaiah Chapter 66 - in context - concerns the prophesied judgment and restoration of the tribes of Israel from all nations and tongues (Isaiah 66:18) back to the Holy Mountain Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:20) - even those that had eaten the unclean thing (Isaiah 66:17) and had provoked Him (Isaiah 65:3). It was Israel which observed the Sabbath and the feast days (Isaiah 66:23). It was their offspring (zera, literally sperm) of Jacob (Isaiah 65:9) and their name which was to be preserved (Isaiah 66:22). Isaiah is not directly prophesying to all human beings, and he certainly is not describing some universal reconciliation in a future utopia. He is prophesying concerning Jerusalem "and her people for gladness" (Isaiah 65:18). The city was to be burned by fire (Isaiah 64:11). This is a fulfilled prophecy, and concerned a people, a time and a place!
Yahweh is worshipped by those who are obedient to Him in fear and reverence for His Sovereignty. In the end, we know that all human beings will not worship Yahweh (Micah 4:5, Revelation 22:15) so the idea of universal acceptance by everyone in some future paradise is not tenable.
Nevertheless, let's dig a little deeper. Reading from the NASB:
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure. And it shall be from new moon to new moon and from sabbath to sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 66:22-23)
The Hebrew word basar, rendered as "mankind" in most translations, is far more often (and better) translated as "flesh" (potentially including that of animals). Here is an example of the usage of basar in Genesis:
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man ('adam) forever, because he also is flesh (basar); nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3)
To the ancient Hebrew, "all flesh" included the cattle, the slaves, and any moving, living thing under their dominion (Genesis 1:26). They were the occupants of the ark. Basar (flesh) was thus included in Covenants. They can be cursed (Genesis 3:14) and delivered from death (Genesis 8:1). Basar (flesh) can serve and can mourn. The firstborne of them were required for offering (Exodus 34:9).
Adamic man is basar (flesh) but all flesh is not Adamic man! Since not all basar is under the dominion of Adamic man (and never was) then the "all" of Isaiah cannot literally mean all human beings on planet Earth.
Proud to be "Christian Racist"
Long ago, an old friend, Charley, once informed me: "The smeller's the feller". How right Charley proved to be! It is the very people brandishing the "racist" moniker which are the racists.
I am proud to be a "racist" according to the Anti-Defamation League because I believe (and can prove) that Israel is found today in the Anglo/Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian and kindred peoples:
A racist and anti-Semitic religious sect whose adherents believe that white people of European descent are the descendants of the "Lost Tribes" of ancient Israel. (Christian Identity, ADL)
It is, of course, the today's Zionists which are logically "racist" by placing today's Jews in Palestine as being Israel. It is organized Jewish lobbyists like AIPAC and Jewish apologetics organizations like the ADL and SPLC which demand all human beings acknowledge their unproven genetic heritage going back to ancient times. In fact, I cannot think of any movement more "racist" than Zionism, which is Jewish Supremacism, and demands not only the current establishment of a "uniquely Jewish state" but - ultimately - complete world dominion in a future Jerusalem.
I'm proud to be a "racist" according to Bibleinfo.com, because I know my Bible, and am able to defend what I believe. Bibleinfo.com does not, and cannot. They believe Seth and Cain had sex with their sisters to propagate the human race, which makes all races the unredeemable, unholy result of incest (Leviticus 20:12).
I'm proud to be a "racist" because I believe the races to be real, unique, and of immense value - not simply a "social construct" as offered by Answers in Genesis.
I can go on, but if "racism" describes one's ability to distinguish between ethnicity and to accept differences between them, then I am a racist. Truly, there is no "sin of racism" in the Bible, and I have not found any accuser which cannot also be readily identified as a "racist". Moreover, if a decidedly un-Christian person or organization should target me with such an accusation, I view it as an honor, with a warning to my accuser:
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
Ignorance of Scripture
Bible-believing Christians should be alarmed and grieved by the obvious ignorance and abuse of Scripture by the hand-wringing accusers and their obvious racial hypocrisy.
Regardless of their intent, the accusers of "racism" actually endorse what the Bible identifies as sin (such as miscegenation and antagonizing the stranger). For example, Christianity Today has published an article entitled The Gospel of Interracial Marriage (I'm not making this up) in which a Black woman attempts to validate her marriage to a White man. The author, Trillia Newbell, claimed that the prophetess Miriam of Numbers Chapter 12 was made leprous because she was a racist. Newbell then wrapped up in a single paragraph the universalist philosophy being propagated in mainstream Christianity today:
"What Miriam forgot, and what so many others still forget, is that all people are made in the image of God, we are all from the same Adam, and now we are all redeemed equally through Christ. Interracial marriage isn't merely acceptable; it reflects the beauty and glory of the gospel."
Newbell concluded that those "who pray and read the Bible more often were more likely to date outside their race" .
Any Bible-Believing Christian should be disturbed by this article published by a so-called "Christian" publisher. They should be even more agitated by the praise Newbell received in related online (and often "racist") comments:
- "When I taught young children about Adam and Eve I drew them as multiracial so they don't get the picture of Adam and Eve as blond and blue eyed..."
- "There aren't any Bible verse against interracial marriage."
- "The Word of God says that He has made of one blood all men. Period."
- "There is only one race - the human race. One race of varying skin colors."
- " We are getting older and staying pretty 'white'...Are we ready to listen and learn from those who don't look like us?"
- "Worshipping in their [multicultural] midst is a foretaste of Heaven."
- "The Bible gives many positive examples of inter-ethnic marriages..."
As we have seen, the Bible teaches that all peoples are to fear and worship Yahweh, and to recognize His Government if they are to prosper and be blessed. Our God will be glorified on His Terms - not ours.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does not view all peoples as being equal, with all being inheritors of the Kingdom promises. The "Christian racist" accusers always exploit a few passages, with selected translations, to support their universalist gospel. Then - ignoring context - they teach ideas which inarguably conflict with literally hundreds of other passages.
Here are two of those hundreds of passages:
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. (Isa 65:9)
O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. He [is] the LORD our God: his judgments [are] in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations. Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant... (Psalms 105:7-10)
Ignoring passages like these, these shameless accusers bellow like a bull elephant, trumpeting comforting reinforcement to the herd. They quote Galatians 3:28, Numbers 12:1 or Acts 17:26 and solemnly proclaim: "It's in the Bible." It's always the same few verses, and they never fail to invoke the names of Ruth and Rahab and bring up Moses' Cushite wife.
Before believers start making potentially damaging accusations to other believers, they must be able to defend what they believe. Accuser: if you can't defend what you believe, you should not accuse others in their beliefs.
Like the secular media and the political left, the "Christian racist" accusers are uniformly unable to explain or justify their position, and are relegated to lashing out like children with name-calling, which can, in turn, unjustly isolate and injure their brother.