“What is racism?” Here is a definition that we all should keep in mind.
“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” Pierre Berton, Noted Canadian author
RACISM DIVIDES PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER Good people are made to be our enemies, only because of the color of their skin, the slant of their eyes or the texture of their hair.
RACISM DIMINISHES THE VALUE OF INDIVIDUALS-THE RACE AND THE RACIST The person who sees another person or race as being less than himself is a lesser person.
RACISM DESTROYS MORALS The standards by which we accept or condemn immoral behavior is often based on the race of the individuals involved. So immorality is condoned because “they are one of us.”
RACISM DENIES PRINCIPLES Racism causes people to ignore the principles of truth and justice. It accepts falsehoods and lies simply because we favor our own race and are prejudiced against other ethnic groups.
RACISM DULLS VISION The good of an individual or their wrong conduct is colored by racism. We are made to see only good and bad through glasses that are colored by racism.
RACISM DOWNGRADES A COMMUNITY No community is a good community that condones racism. Good neighbors are viewed as bad neighbors because of their race. The duties and responsibilities of neighbors and citizens to each other and laws are denied simply because of race.
RACISM DEFRAUDS PEOPLE OF FRIENDSHIPS AND AMBITIONS Friendships are made only with people of a certain race. It robs individuals of the benefits and enrichment from the friendship of people of other races. Simply because of their race, individuals are robbed of their potential of development and success .
RACISM IS ANTI-CHRISTIAN, IT VIOLATES THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE “Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” Acts 10:34 “God that made the world and all things therein, … And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,…” Acts 17:24,26 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9 “He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 “They sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Revelation 5:9 “I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” Revelation 14:6
The Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are not racist. The Gospel and the Bible are not racial. It is the work of Satan to divide people. He divides nations, communities, races, denominations, homes and individuals that he might destroy them. We are doing the work of Satan when we allow our cultural or racial differences to divide us in our communities, our schools, our work and our churches. It is un-American and it is un-Christian.
Herb Hatfield, Pastor of the Mayhew Primitive Baptist Church