“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)
I know that I’m only 33 years old but I cannot remember a time during my life when the issue of race was so backwards in the minds of so many people as it seems to be today. The scenes of race riots in Baltimore and Ferguson, as well as protests of police brutality and the ensuing debates all over media, herald us back to memories of the civil rights movement when racial inequality was center stage in the United States. Since I’m a history teacher I’m pretty well versed about racism in the United States, as well as other parts of the world so I feel as though I have some foundation from which to address this topic but I also understand that experience is the best form of education and I am operating from a limited perspective there. However, I have no desire to solve the racial issues through a discourse on it’s history or by pointing a finger at anyone or any series of events. Instead I would love to solve the race issue for any individual, one at a time. I also would like to offer a bit of hope to anyone who has felt the sting of racism or believed the lie that world cultures have taught for thousands of years.
I heard a preacher give a message not long ago on this very subject. I have to admit that I am basing some of this off of his eloquent evaluation of this topic. The main point of his message was that we all have a common ancestor…Adam and Eve. Now for those who don’t believe in creation will have a very difficult time with this. You see, if we have one common ancestor, by definition we are all of one common race…humanity. Before I go too far lets address what race is exactly. Race is defined as a way of classifying people according to physical traits and common ancestry. This is different from ethnicity which is a way of classifying groups according to cultural attributes. So I want to use the definition of race as an argument against race. Confused? Let me explain. If we are to understand that there are different groups of people known as races based on ancestry then how could there be more than one race? Even for the staunch evolutionist they would have to have a huge problem with this. Someone would have to argue that different people groups “evolved” from different sources. Evolution itself is hard enough to convince someone of. That would be nearly impossible. My point is, if we all have a common ancestry we are all of the same race. So how do we explain the physical differences? Well, I don’t want to get into genetic biology here but all you have to do is look within your own family to know that when people reproduce differences occur and no doubt as people spread throughout the globe, more and more differences will happen.
So why can’t we simply be color blind? I’m convinced that the only way to solve the race problem is to admit that there is only one race. There is no white, black, hispanic, asian, etc…There are only physical differences within the same family. We are all God’s creation rooted in the first created humans. God loves every skin shade and and physical difference we have. Therefore no one has any possible basis for an argument that any group of people is inferior to another and should in no way treat or look at someone differently. Instead, we should celebrate each other’s physical uniqueness because without it, this world would be awfully boring.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Ah yes, bumper-sticker mania. Many a day have I been cruising down the road and noticed one of these labels on the rear bumper of a car. While I believe that the idea behind them are solid, the practice of many who fly the banner of tolerance in this country do so with exception clauses. Allow me to explain through a few examples of questions that are resulting from the tolerance movement.
Why are all religions and opinions encouraged to voice their views in this nation besides Christians and Jews? Why can a person choose a homosexual lifestyle as being okay but a person can’t believe that homosexuality is immoral, because if they do, it’ll result in having their businesses shut down for not condoning it? Why is it when the owner of Chick-fil-A exercised his First Amendment right to be open about his opposition to homosexual marriage and he was heavily criticized yet three mayors — from Chicago, Boston and Washington — retaliated by saying that they didn’t want Chick-fil-A’s business in their city but that isn’t viewed as discrimination? Why is it that Bruce Jenner receives an award for changing his gender and is hailed by the media but people are seen as bigots if they believe that is wrong and promote the idea that we are all created by God to be the gender that He made us to be? Why is that our nation is allowing Sharia Law in communities but people are demanding that the 10 commandments removed from public places and government buildings? Why is it that we can’t teach the virtues of abstinence and purity in schools but instead “safe sex” outside of marriage is promoted? Continuing on the topic of schools…why is the anti-God evolutionary theory (a theory constantly changing) taught but a teacher gets ostracized if he promotes a pro-God concept of creation (a concept that has never changed)? Why is it that people who support the death penalty for criminals who commit heinous crimes are deemed as hateful yet we are supposed to accept the murder of millions of babies a year through abortion because it’s a “choice”? More on that topic…why are people so outspoken for the rights of women to have an abortion but disregard the right of the baby to life?
Tolerance is defined as “the ability or willingness to endure something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” The double standards in America are not only hypocritical but they are intolerant.The reality is that many people who promote tolerance should probably scratch out a couple letters on their bumper stickers because what I have been seeing in our modern society is a growing lack of tolerance. The people who hold to the Way , the Life, and the Truth, otherwise known as Jesus Christ, and His teachings, are being less and less tolerated and accepted. Everyone’s personal truth is acceptable in the public’s eye besides those who hold to the truths contained in the Bible, which happen to be the ones that this nation was founded on. I simply don’t understand why the “tolerant” one’s want to silence the voices of those bearing the greatest message of love, peace with God, and the ultimate sacrifice that this world has ever seen. I don’t understand why those bearing a message of purity, sanctity of marriage, standards of morality, and love and obedience to the God that created us are shunned by many in today’s America. Perhaps it’s because of our fallen nature. Perhaps it’s because we don’t want anyone, even God, telling us how to live our lives because, lets face it, that’s just intolerant. Sarcasm aside and regardless of the reason, if I am expected to be tolerant of people promoting values I don’t agree with than those same people should be tolerant of me when I stand for God’s truth and try to share the love of Christ with them.
Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Check out this article from the blog “Hope Stands”. This is a pretty solid argument to share with people who would rather use the term fetus than baby. You can’t really argue against it.