Christian Perspective: Racism
Pastor Christian Lamb // September 9, 2018
5 Things about America Today
Racial disparity exists
America has historically had a racism issue
We are all responsible
Racism isn't a political issue
Systems are not impervious to prejudice
What do we do? Step 1 is recognize the state of our nation.
What does the Bible say about racism?
Romans 10:12 – There is no difference between Jews & gentiles
Deuteronomy 10:17-19 – “17 For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. 18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”
God loves you regardless of where you came from, what you look like, where you live, or what your social status is.
God isn't about separation, but inclusion & unity.
The Christian God is about inclusion & unity
Not a god who supports hate
Not a god who supports the KKK
Not a god who supports slavery
Not a god who supports police brutality
He is a God who supports everyone
He is a God who supports Black Lives Matter
He is a God who supports standing up or kneeling down in order to make your voice heard that all people are equal and loved.
Racial reconciliation is critical
We all have prejudice to some degree, it is a byproduct of our upbringing and our society. It is our duty to seek God's help in eliminating those stigmas.
We recognize our own prejudice, negative outlooks, and ask for God to help us let go of that and instead, hold on to his love and unity.
There isn’t a clear cut answer for how to make racism disappear. But it does all start with a conversation.
A conversation to recognize the issue and a conversation with God to understand where you stand, what prejudice you might hold, and what it is that God is calling you to as he adjusts your heart to mirror his heart of inclusivity and unity and love that is not predicated on any arbitrary quality or characteristic.