Racism and inequality are in the headline almost every day lately. Yesterday I was driving down the road listening to Christian radio, and I heard a new song addressing the issue, and the chorus stated that we all “bleed red.”
While I do agree with that statement, I also realize there are some more Biblical and theological reasons to stand against racism in any form.
1. All Humans Are Created in the Image of God. I believe Genesis one and two give us a framework of how to view humanity. God says in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our image.” Humanity is unique in all of the creation because it is made in God’s image. All of mankind has infinite value and worth because of its Creator.
2. The Cross for Was Everyone. We often quote John 3:16 with those famous words “For God so loved the world he sent his one and only son…” God loves the world. As I child we sang, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.” Jesus died for everyone.
3. In Christ We are United. Paul writes the Church in the city of Colossae, and there he says “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all (Colossians 3:11 NIV). People who have placed themselves into Christ have lost their ethnic or racial differences and been united in one.
4. Heaven Will Be Full of All Different Types of People. In the book of Revelation, we get to see a picture of a heavenly worship program. There was see Jesus as a lamb that was slain and those in his presence sing a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9 NIV). Jesus saved people from every tribe and language. They are brought together locally in the Church and globally in heaven.
The followers of Jesus are called to be people who walk in his footsteps. We love the same people who Jesus loved. That truth should go beyond all ethnic and racial barriers. God’s love and salvation know no limitation and neither should ours.