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GUEST POST: GOD and Racism

18 Apr

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“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS” – The Declaration of Independence

Racism has been and is one of the most detrimental social evils ever imposed on the mind of man, and has been one of the main causes for global conflicts, genocidal (ethnic cleansing) wars and mans inhumanity to man; and sadly some of its greatest proponents have been by men who claim God endorses this belief; racism is a core belief that ones skin-color and ethnic background alone makes an individual or people group superior and privileged over others who do not share the same skin pigment and has been used as justification for the oppression, suppression and elimination of cultures other than their own; but for some strange reason the individuals holding to such beliefs automatically make the assumption THEIRS is superior above all others.

Western Europe and America have been particularly guilty of exporting this social evil over the centuries; persons of this mind-set naturally need to find a “scapegoat” to make themselves feel superior by enforcing and flaunting this belief system upon those they deem inferior; historically speaking, some 17th century English speaking Christians while escaping persecution and seeking social justice and freedom for themselves have brought these racial prejudices to Americas shores have at the same time denied it to others all the while carrying a bible in their hands, because they believe the bible says so….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gods word has been used to justify slavery, segregation, the mistreatment and murder of minorities, making marriages between people illegal by people of diverse backgrounds solely base on “race”  but is this biblically based? Do these beliefs draw support from scripture?                                                     But from the church that is called by God to be “the pillar and ground of the Truth” (1Tim 3:15) I hear a deafening silence….

Martin Luther King once described Sunday morning worship as “the most segregated time in America”….

ONE BLOOD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When God created the first man and woman the scriptures reveal no personal features of what they looked like such as height, skin color, eye shape, hair texture etc.; but they, like Jesus are always depicted as fair skinned, blonde, blue-eyed “Ken & Barbie” types. Ten generations after Adam because of the universal wickedness of man God destroyed all surface life in a catastrophic world-wide flood thus “bottle-necking” humanity thru Noah and his sons “Shem, Ham and Japheth and from these the whole earth was populated” (Gen 9:19). Even in the latest movie to come out of Hollywood “NOAH” portrays him and his family with European features. But if that were truly the case all people would share the same Euro-centric features; but that never explains the many dark to light skinned shades and distinct features in the worlds population. Truth of the matter the majority of the worlds population has a middle brown complexion.

Melanin is a DNA characteristic that determines “skin color” people of darker complexion have the AABB gene, middle the AaBb gene, lighter the aabb gene (and the other combinations of everything in between) it is far more likely that Adam & Eve had a middle brown pigmentation the (AaBb gene) this explains the many shades of people in the world, therefore their descendants who inter-married for the preservation of humanity would range from very dark to very light. The only outward “differences” in people is how much melanin is dominate in your DNA. “For God has made from One blood every nation to dwell on the face of the earth and has determined their pre-appointed times and the lands of their habitations” (Acts 17:26) this destroys the erroneous belief of any “Master Race” as we all inter-related and share a common ancestor.

RACIST EVOLUTIONISM                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Prior to the 1800s few people thought in terms of ‘race’ based on skin color, however with the general acceptance of “Darwinian evolution” has fueled the American pre-occupation of “race” within society; the theory of evolution is still an inherently racist philosophy which taught or rather indoctrinated people with belief that fair skinned people were automatically placed  at the top of the evolutionary food chain.The original title of Charles Darwin’s book “On the Origins of Species by means of Natural Selection of the Preservation of favored races in the struggle for Life” (pub. 1859) – that kind of says it all, the ‘Favored Races’ has been dropped due to political correctness.

Even the late evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould admitted: “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitudes following the acceptance Evolutionary theory”

Biological Scientist R.L. Hotz in 1997 stated the term “race” is a social construct derived from mainly from perceptions conditioned by events in history, and has no basic biological reality” he went on to say “…the ideal comes very close to being of American manufacture”

RACISM IN THE NAME OF THE ‘LAWD’

Yes, weak and carnal minded wicked men (past & present) in the name of God have twisted the scriptures to justify their ingrained racial prejudices being deceived and deceiving entire congregations to perpetuate this damnable lie “in the name of the Lord” and oddly enough during the birth of America the greatest Christian nation on earth this went virtually unchallenged.

Brigham Young: “Shall I tell you the law of God concerning the African race? If the white man the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty under law is death on the spot. This will always be so. The nations of the earth have always transgressed every law that God has ever given, they have changed every ordinance and broken every covenant made with the fathers, and they are like a hungry man that dreameth and that he eateh and awaketh and behold he is empty” (Journal of Discourses vol. 10 pg. 110)

Joseph Smith 10th President of the LDS church: “It was well understood by the early elders that the mark on Cain and which his posterity inherited was the black skin. The ‘book of Moses’ informs us that Cain and all his descendants were black.” (The Way to Perfection pg. 107)

Bruce R. McConkie, apostle LDS church: “…Noah’s son married Egyptus a descendent of Cain thus preserving the negro lineage through the flood…”

Watchtower Magazine: “The curse upon Canaan by Noah was the origin of the black race” (pg. 702, July 1929)

American preacher Richard Butler (deceased) founder of the Aryan nation used the bible to teach where it says ‘kind after kind’ meant racial segregation and Gods disapproval of “race mixing”

During its heyday in 1925, the infamous knights of the Klu Klux Klan 50,000 men marched down Pennsylvania avenue directly in front of the U.S. capital to cheering crowds of Americans under the banner of Christianity

Black Hebrew Israelites teach a racist doctrine “that the white man IS the devil and is beyond redemption”…simply for being white

(Genesis 9:18-27) is the prime misapplied text used to justify racial prejudices held by some American Christians and very few take the time to read it for themselves; Canaan was a son of Ham (Egypt is called the land of Ham in psalms 105:23) after the flood Ham migrated to north Africa and became the progenitor of the Egyptian, Libyan and Ethiopian peoples. Noah did curse Canaan (his grandson) because of Ham’s actions; Canaan was born with brown skin, therefore there was no “curse!” Canaan migrated north of Africa along the Mediterranean coast along the Gaza strip and ancient Philistia, the land of Canaan is the “Promised Land”. The ‘mark’ that God placed on Cain (apparently something men could read and understand) was a prohibition to keep men from killing him to avenge the murder of Abel (Gen 4:14-15) it was Gods attempt to stop continuous killing-sprees motivated by revenge. Nothing racial here.

IS GOD IN FAVOR OF RACISM?                                                                                                                                                                             Remember the ‘book of Moses’ (written by Moses) used to support racism, here’s how the God of Moses feels about it: “Miriam and Aaron complained against Moses because he married an Ethiopian (black) woman…so the anger of the LORD was aroused against them both and the LORD departed in a cloud above the Tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous ‘white as snow’….and she was exiled from the camp for seven days (Numbers 12:1-14)  other than for than for the purposes of being fruitful and multiplying what kind of marriages does God approve of..?

After the death of Sarah, Abraham made his servant take an oath to find a wife for his son Isaac; not from among the Canaanite women but from his own kinfolk (Gen 24:2-4) Were Abrahams motives racist? The people of God are told not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers “for when you come into the land of Canaan you shall not marry their sons nor their daughters for they will turn your hearts (loyalty) away from following the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 7:3-4) “When Solomon grew old his many pagan wives turned his heart to other gods; his heart was not loyal the LORD his God” (1Kings 11:1-11) in the NT widowed or divorced believers are instructed to re-marry only another believer (1Cor 7:39). In the eyes of God there are really only three types of marriage, believer to believer, believer to unbeliever and unbeliever to unbeliever.

FAMILY TREE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jesus with the disciples travelled thru Samaria, which was considered unclean “because the Jews had no dealings with Samaria” the city was founded by king Omri 800yrs earlier, they inter-married, apostatized and were corrupted by Baalism; Samaritans were social outcasts and considered traitors to Judaism; but prejudice didn’t stop Christ and the result was the whole city of Sychar heard the gospel.

Within Jesus’ own family tree were non-Israelites, Rahab the harlot trusted God and hid the spies in the Jericho and later married Salmon, an ancestor of Christ, who was the father of Boaz who married Ruth a Moabite, the great-grandmother of king David. “God is no respecter of persons when it come to faith, but in every nation that fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him” (Acts 10:34-45)

Ten years after Pentecost, God showed Peter the vision of a sheet of unclean animals let down from heaven three times concerning Cornelius the Roman-gentile the apostle got the message “God has shown me that I should not call any man uncommon or unclean” (Acts 10:28).

Racism of any kind was never in the mind, plan nor will of God and whoever, whether Jew or Gentile who practices and endorses such should examine yourself to see if you are truly in the faith- “If a man says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen how can he love God whom he has not seen” (1John 4:20)

 Bro. Jerry

(Thank you Bro. Jerry for this passionate and spirited submission! – pw)

 

 

 
 

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