Color Blind: Racism and Christianity
 

Racism is defined as discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race.

Prejudice is defined as an opinion or judgment formed without due examination.

Throughout history there are all too many examples of racism and prejudice. Adolf Hitler justified the murder of millions of Jews because of their heritage.

The United States had its own share of bitter racism and prejudice at the same time. American blacks were forced to use separate restrooms, water fountains and restaurants. High pressure fire hoses were used by police to quell civil rights protesters. Public pools were filled with sand by whites when blacks gained the right to swim there.

Christian schools were not exempt. Most did not allow black students until the Brown vs. Board of Education decision to desegregate schools was handed down by the Supreme Court.

In the Church of Christ, prejudice may have been some of the worst among Christians. At one Sunday evening service two black men were baptized at the church building. Afterwards, several white women were outraged that a black had been allowed to be baptized in a "white baptistry".

Racism & prejudice continue today. Terms like nigger-rig, afro-engineering, darkies, colored, oreos, half/mixed breeds, spicks, wetbacks, chinks, wops, whiteys, honkeys and crackers still permeate the conversation of all too many.

Racism and prejudice sometimes enter our lives in more subtle ways. The running back we cheer the loudest for on Friday nights would be the last person we ever invite to our church. We can now accept eating in same restaurants, using the same restrooms and water fountains, but would have a hard time joining hands in prayer.

We justify "scaled-down" prejudice by blaming it on affirmative action and "blacks taking whites' jobs". We just know that interracial dating & marriage will spoil our kidsí lives.

We let one or two dictate what we think about an entire group. Drunk, lazy and on welfare is how many whites still categorize other races.

Do we want that for our church? Do we want the actions of a few to speak for us?

Although I officially became a Christian on November 1, 1987 at 13 years of age, Jesus did not become Lord of my life until I turned 23.

In high school I never drank or did drugs, but something I did do was just as bad. Because of the actions of a few, I cast judgment upon all blacks. I was the life of many parties with my racist jokes. The rebel flag license plate on my truck was not a symbol of heritage, but a badge of hate and separation.

GALATIANS 1:10

Don McLaughlin, minister at the North Atlanta church of Christ, made some great points in a talk I heard at Soul Lift '99 in St. Louis.

He said, "Some people just know there were seven sets of Adams and Eves. There was a white set, a Chinese set, a black set, a Mexican set, an Indian set, an Australian set and an Eskimo set. The same goes for Noah. There had to be seven Noahs and seven arks. There is no way we all came from the same two original people."

ACTS 17:26

GALATIANS 3:26-28

ACTS 10:34-35

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-13

Especially in the church there should be the least divisions.

GALATIANS 6:9-10

We are too many times like the Pharisees Jesus condemned in the New Testament.

MATTHEW 23:27-28

1 JOHN 3:14-15

What do we do to change?

1 JOHN 2:3-6

We have to ask for forgiveness. We have to repent. Repent means "a change of heart".

We have to lovingly show others the error of prejudice and racism and point them in the right direction of acceptance and love.

GALATIANS 2:11-14

You will never meet a person that Jesus didnít die for.

Drug addicts, homeless, homosexuals, alcoholics and murderers all receive the same opportunity for forgiveness we do. How do you forgive someone for being a certain color?

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus died for all the children of the world

Does it really matter what color Jesus was?