The Incompatibility of Christianity and Racism

By Brian Chilton

This past Saturday, I returned home from our church’s annual Vacation Bible School. The topic for this year’s VBS was on putting on the full armor of God. When I sat down in my office chair, I turned on my laptop to check the website and look over a few final details for Sunday’s message. As I perused my social media account, one of the headlines told of a tragedy that had occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Incompatibility Christianity Racism

White supremacist groups, Neo-Nazis, among others gathered in the streets of Charlottesville to espouse their radical ideas. Amidst their demonstrations, counter-protestors made their voices heard. Eventually, the scene turned violent as a James Alex James, Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio plowed his car into the counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville and injuring many others.

As a pastor, a theologian, a pastor, and most importantly a Christian, I am appalled by the racist ideologies plaguing our society. Racism exhibited by any person of any race is incompatible with the Christian worldview for the following reasons.

Racism is incompatible with Jesus’s example. Jesus ministered to many people from different walks of life. While he challenged individuals in different ways, he never turned anyone away.[1] As Jesus said, “Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37).[2]

Racism is incompatible with Jesus’s teachings. The Parable of the Good Samaritan was a radical story (Luke 10:25-37). In Jesus’s parable, the protagonist was a Samaritan. The nature of the story is lost until one realizes that Samaritans were hated by the Jews because they were a mixed race. Jesus teaches in this story, among many of his other messages, that the believer is to love his or her neighbor. Who is one’s neighbor? The parable shows that a person’s neighbor is each person encountered.

Racism is incompatible with God’s nature. Throughout Scripture, it is noted that God is love (1 John 4:8). In addition, God is shown to impartial to individuals regardless of race (Deut. 10:17; Lk. 20:21; Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11). As a loving and impartial God, no one could justify that following God allows one to be racially motivated, an act that is unloving and partial.

Racism is incompatible with the Gospel’s mission. Jesus did not tell his disciples to go to only one race. Rather, they were to begin with their current location and then move towards the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8). Jesus told the disciples to go and “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).

Racism is incompatible with heaven’s populace. In John’s vision of heaven, he sees a “vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9). The believer will associate with fellow Christians from all walks of life, from every race, and from every language in heaven. It seems to me that we had better learn how to get along with fellow believers from all walks of life. Because in heaven, we’ll be spending a long timetogether!

Racism is incompatible with the Christian faith. Let us shine God’s love and grace to every person we encounter whether they look like us or not. Let us impartially love others for the glory of God and of his Messiah.

Notes

[1] Some may contend, “Wait, what about the man healed of demon-possession in Gadara? Did Jesus not keep him from following him?” In that case, Jesus needed the man to minister to the community as the community itself did not desire Jesus’s company.

[2] Unless otherwise noted, all quoted Scripture comes from the Christian Standard Bible(Nashville: Holman, 2017).

 About the Author

Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Brian is full member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Brian has been in the ministry for over 14 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

 

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  1. Susan says:

    Of course, Christianity is incompatible with racism. Racism is motivated by a spirit of fear.

    But Christians are not supposed to be motivated by fear.

    Perfect love casts out fear.

    2 Timothy 1:7, KJV
    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    Unfortunately some people with unsound minds like to communicate their fears and unsound ideas and sometimes other people with unsound minds take up those ideas.

    Then they don’t like living in fear so they over compensate and become bullies so they can drive their own fears away.

    Racism is a fear of the unknown. Of people different from one’s self.

    A lot of people cease to fear when they get to know people of,other groups but some people are too afraid to get to know a person of another ethnic group. Your fear can rule you if you let it.

    A lot of racism is learned and communicated because ideas can never be totally censored. Someone will always break the censorship even if the government passes a law against people expressing certain sentiments or ideas.

    Imagine a world without free speech. In such a world wouldn’t progress be compromised?

    But there is still a lot of censorship in the world today by certain governments.

    I suppose they do it because some people refuse to censor themselves. That is whatmself control is. A person learning to censor and rule himself before he communicates evil ideas to others.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the world likes to over conflate self control with rigid puritannicalism.

    There must be a happy mean between the two.

    There probably wouldn’t be any racism if people regulalry meditated,on God’s precepts but most people don’t meditatemon God’s precepts regularly enough.

    So instead they allow fears to be communicated to them and they precede to reason unsystematically and to communicate those ideas.

    I have met one or two racists in my life and one of them was quite loquacious. His internal system of morality had been influenced by the KKK which is a Masonic not a Christian organization.

    Sometimes people who think they are Christians let worldly ideas compete and overide God’s ideas.

    But God isn’t a racist.

    He let people join His people in the Old Testament.

    So God is inclusive not exclusive. God is interested in ideas not background or genealogy.

    You can learn all about people by observing their words and deeds.

    Of course, now it is getting harder and harder to lead people on the course of godly correction because there is too much political correctness and non-stop pollution from the world in the West through the social media.

    But if a person can disentangle himself from evil people and evil worldly ideas and give God enough respect to hear Him out then he might be changed and persuaded to see things God’s way.

    Personal autonomy is the beginning of a personal walk with God i.e. godliness.

    People have difficulty spotting godly people,these days though….The worldliness level is too high or something like that….

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    • Susan says:

      Get a good Bible education David because you need to understand why you need to repent.

      The world was full of sinful paganistic baby killers until God taught the Israelites to not favor child sacrifice. But they had problems obeying Him.
      Read Jeremiah 19.

      You obviously have blocked God and never received the proper education in the scriptures and most likely were never a Christian.

      Please start praying to God regularly to give you the gift of faith so the eyes of your heart can be opened to receive Him in all His glory.

      You can go through the motions without being a Christian obviously.

      Pray for the gift of repentance, too, David.

      The world never interprets the scriptures accurately David. To be able to do that interpretation correctly you need to be gifted by God with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

      Since so many unbelievers are in rebellion against God they never bother to receive the knowledge and gifts necessary to receive a revelation from God.

      Don’t let them communicate their error to you. They will if you let them.

      Just remember. You, too, are personally loved by God, David and maybe one day you will learn to value that love if you can separate your own mind from the teachings of all the false teachers you are consulting.

      I wish you well. God Bless!

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    • Susan Tan says:

      God isn’t a racist David. Weak minded men are racists. Since you’ve let Dawkins communicate his erroneous mind virus pet theory to you why don’t you try comparing minds.

      Dawkins’ mind versus God’s.

      Who’s mind is going to be stronger and who’s mind is going to be weaker because it is prone to sin and even likes to give in to it’s sin.

      If you want to follow weak minded error prone Dawkins who gives off pet psychiatric theories when he doesn’t even have psychiatric credentials then go ahead.

      I will continue to side with the One who created the human mind and who has the solution to repairing it.

      God gives people the mind of Christ and a strong spirit. Dawkins gives people nothing but another headache to struggle with.

      God makes champs out of people.

      Dawkins makes chumps out of people with his pet chimp theories.

      Champ versus Chump.

      I will take the champ camp. Jesus Christ is the champion of the whole world and beat Satan on the Cross but the weak willed and the weak minded like to make excuses for Satan so they can stay in his camp and don’t have to consider God’s higher expectations of their conduct. But God gives people a whole new nature. We just have to learn to try it on and use it to get proficient in the new nature.

      Stay in your old weak willed, error prone. evil sin nature if you like David.

      I can’t motivate you out of your feeble weak minded will and thinking. If you want to give up on God go ahead but God will see that you are a quitter.

      Now if you weren’t a quitter you would repent and help Jesus cast all that weak minded and weak willed thinking out of your own heart and head because Dawkins work is junk. Pseudo science. E.O. Wilson doesn’t even consider what Dawkins does as science. He says Dawkins is a journalist.

      And why is Dawkins journaling….to convey his weak minded, weak willed sinful ideas to people to reinforce them in their rebellion against God so,sin can retain a grip on them like it has on him.

      Get Jesus and break the devil’s grip on your life like a real man does and be done with all this pseudoscience b.s. and be done with it once and for all and you will have your faith and on your way to being a man that God can approve of.

      But if you let this idiot Dawkins continue to assert his weak minded authority over you then you will look like just another idiotic sinner in God’s eyes.

      Think abiut it. Read Psalm 1 and meditate on it a long time. 40 years with God is a long time only to give it all up for a weak minded minion of Satan’s ideas. That is what Dawkins is. A tool of Satan’s through the media.

      Take your mind back David and dedicate it to God and you will feel better and have a whole new life to look forward to.

      You most likely have been in an epic battle for 40 years. Don’t let the devil win now!

      God Bless and May His Peace Be With You Forever!

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  2. Susan says:

    David get copies of Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers and the book that explains how our brains work by Christian neuroscientist Caroline Leaf.

    God does battle the devil for our minds and if you are entertaining Dawkins’ lazy pseudoscientific ideas then you will need to give God’s side a fair hearing. Meyer’s will give some scriptural analysis and Leaf the Christian scientist analysis.

    Plus you can google Christianity versus Modern Psycchology over on the Gospel.org and compare them.

    Don’t settle for junk pseudoscience when your relationship with God and your eternal destiny is on the line.

    Make sure you check out both positions so you can help God take your mind back.

    That goes for any other rational atheist or agnostic reading this.

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  3. David says:

    Ladies, I’m sorry if you don’t want to admit what the bible clearly says about things like racism, slavery, genocide, misogyny, honor killings, human sacrifice, etc. but your denial doesn’t change what it says. I don’t need an education in how to read it correctly, you need a morality lesson in intellectual honesty. Your dogmatic beliefs have blinded you to an honest reading of the texts. And there you go again Susan, attacking my character and saying that I never was a Christian. I guess you’re able to judge the heart. Maybe you are god Susan. You are an arrogant, self righteous woman.

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    • Susan says:

      Wel you obviously never repented David. Committed Christians are usually repentant Christians.

      So you most likely just went through the motions for 40 years.

      It appears you are beyond repentance by the people you are willing to listen to.

      So I will regard you as a committed atheist. Most people reading Dawkins are.

      Have a nice life. A genuine Christian would have agreed with me on the need for repentance or admitted that he already had repented. You did neither.

      But I always hold out the hope. I would hate to be guilty of misjudging a person just because he said he was an atheist. I am not your judge as per 1 Cor. 5. God is.

      Done here. God Bless!

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    • A brother in Christ says:

      For one, yes, old testament, along with new testament had people doing awful things they shouldn’t be. Killing, lying, adultery, stealing. The stories in the Bible were put there as examples for the reader. Not everything that happened was endorsed by God. People were racist. Not God.
      Every character in the Bible did something. Just gos to show that not one of us are righteous. All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. That’s why we need a savior.
      Galatians 3: 26-28. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. For all of you who were babtized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither jew nor gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
      This passage makes clear that there is no distinction with Jesus, we are all equal in His sight. On top of that, if God created the world, and mankind, then He obviously created black, white, brown, red. He has no respect of persons. He is impartial. He loves us all equally. That means as followers of God, we must not have partiality.

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  4. mdoner says:

    There are different people groups, but the idea of races is an atheist lie intended to separate us, and based on the misguided notion of millions of years. As Christians we know that all of us are descended through Noah and his three sons, likely 4200 years ago. We are extremely closely related, with minimal genetic differences, although there are some obvious phenotypic dissimilarities. As one avenue of inquiry, research “Mitochondrial Eve.” Our mitochondrial genes are passed to us through our mother’s lineage, with little donation from our father, so we can track mutations through generations. It has been scientifically shown that there are about 63.5 mutations which accumulate with each generation, which suggests our Most Recent Common Ancestor was about 6000 (not millions) years ago. Mutations are often lethal, and not Creative.

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