Racism in the American Church
Praise the Lord everybody, the topic of Race and outright Racism has been a hush-hush subject in the Church of America, even though its effects have been felt and witnessed in most of the churches throughout the body of Christ in America. We are divided into the “white church”, the “black church” or the “Hispanic church.” We don’t fellowship the same, we don’t worship the same and instead of celebrating our diversity we look sideways at each other and settle into our old segregated ways of worship. God cannot be pleased that His word has been used to justify racism and slavery in this country, with people pointing to scripture like Genesis 9:19-27.
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Suppose for a moment, “Good Christian people, salt of the earth” somehow surmised that Ham was dark-skinned as well as his son Canaan, and therefore all dark-skinned people were cursed as descendants of Ham, so, therefore, slavery was biblical and acceptable unto God.
God is not in the Racism business, but racism has been woven into the fabric of the American Church since it began.
Do not be confused by the fact that during the Old Covenant, warnings about co-mingling with other peoples is not about the color of a person’s skin and more about God keeping His people from being corrupted by those who worship different Gods. God's people in the old testament and even today, have a history of turning from Him to serve other Gods as He points out in Deuteronomy 7:2-6.
And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
As we trace the history of the Church in America, we see that this country was supposed to be a place where religious freedoms could be practiced along with individual freedoms, one of which is free enterprise. The fact that free enterprise depended on very cheap or free labor with free labor being the most desired for obvious reasons. This prompted many Christian businessmen to twist scripture to justify slavery and because most Christians then as today have not studied and have not “shown themselves approved” they go right along with it. (2nd Timothy 2:15)
That’s how it all got started here in America well over 225 years ago, but what is our excuse now? Why do “we the people” allow left- and right-wing politicians and media to use racism to manipulate and control our feelings? Why are the very issues brought up by Martin Luther King, Jr. as major issues of his day still a major issue of today? Has his God-given dream been brushed to the side?
Again, nowhere in the Bible will you see scripture about separating from people because of their skin color. These prejudices are brought into the Church by men who already have this hate in their hearts, and the word of God tells us in 1st Samuel 16:7:
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, ‘Look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature, because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.’”
The bottom line is this, Racism is not a spiritual thing, it is a “flesh” thing used in conjunction with fear, pride, and lies, which are all tools of Satan, simply meant to separate all the people God is trying to unify. Every Christian that wants to be pleasing to God must “test himself as to whether he is truly in the way.” (2nd Corinthians 13) The true believer knows that we are all called to love one another and to serve each other just as we all love and serve God. That pertains to every Christian, black, white, yellow, brown, or whatever. God made man in His image, all men, and His image has nothing to do with color.
The body of Christ in America should not be infested with racism, and if we don’t figure it out soon there will be a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus is returning for a Church without spot or blemish and racism is a large guilty stain for America. The word says, “if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold all things become new.” We must leave our old way of seeing things behind us when we come to Christ. If you are struggling with that then you must ask God to help you change. Get into your Bible, it contains the mind of Christ. God wants us to love each other as he loves us.
The bible tells us in 1 John 4:7-8:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
The Bible is full of scripture about love and inclusion, there is no place for hate in the Church of Christ. Racism is cancer in America! We cannot allow cancer to destroy America and take the Church along with it. There is so much more I could say about this subject, but if you are truly in Christ you get the picture. Please stand with us in prayer for our country, our president and leadership, and the church so that God’s will can be accomplished in all aspects of our lives for His glory and our benefit. God bless you all.