God’s View on Race
By Ramblin’ Rose

On Memorial Day, a black man was killed by a white man. Shortly thereafter, race riots ensued and the deafening chant was “Black Lives Matter.” Those who responded that “All Lives Matter” were belittled and called bigots.

At times such as these, Christians turn to the Bible for guidance and answers. But this time, there is not as single reference in the Bible about race or when the descendants of Adam and Eve became members of different races. I searched, and I consulted with experts. It isn’t there.

In Jeremiah 13:23a (ESV) we read: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?”

From Genesis 1:26 (ESV) comes the wonderful news that we are created by God in His image. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man[a] 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.'” [a]The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam.

Why would God not mention race in His Holy Word? The answer comes from 1 Samuel 16:7b (ESV) “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

All living creatures have hearts. The human race (yes, all in one) has a heart that has the same design and through which flows blood that transports nutrients and oxygen to the cells and removes the waste materials. All humans have one of four blood types that are each sub-divided into positive and negative for the presence of the Rhesus (Rh) factor. Blood transfusions and organ transplants occur among the races; they are not dependent upon one’s skin tones. If anyone bleeds, the blood is red. We are alike; all people matter.

Throughout history, cultures have offered blood sacrifices to appease their gods. In the Old Testament, God’s People also offered blood sacrifices as a foresight of the perfect sacrifice for all mankind (no reference to race or skin color) by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. He took away our sins.

From Matthew 22—the Great Commandment, we learn how to live. We are first to love God and then our neighbor as we do ourselves. If we were to follow that commandment, would our present-day anarchy tear our communities and our country asunder?

What our country needs is a revival, an awakening to the Truth. That is a capital T—Jesus Christ, the Son of God, set us free by His death. In John 14:6 (NKJV), Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Freedom is ours if we trust Him.

Truth, with a lowercase t, is an ideology created by a person…that is the truth that is being applied currently. It places the “self” first and imposes that dogma on neighbors. God probably does not even have a role in the life of those people. The result is the stress and chaos that permeate daily life now.

Fortunately, we do have the earthly blueprint to allow us to apply the Great Commandment…our founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, the anarchists are hellbent on destroying our foundation, our culture, our history, and us.

God made us all, and He endowed us all with unique talents to be used to worship and serve Him by serving those in need, whether they’re our neighbors or whether it’s someone we’ve never met before.

We wonder how all the issues will be resolved and order restored to our country and to us. Maybe we “take a knee” and pray to God for His Blessings. We have a great promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV): “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We need healing. The time is now!

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