One of the half-truths that Christians have believed for so long is about God’s truth on race.
This post would attempt to dissect the mind of God through the scriptures to help you form your own ideas about how to view the subject.
In 1 Samuel 16:7, we find our first premise about how the Lord looks at men.
The background to this scripture was the Prophet Samuel is directed to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king for Israel-after Saul, the nation’s first king had been rejected for his disobedience to God. Beholding Eliab, the well-built firstborn son of Jesse, Samuel moved to anoint him king but was stopped by the Lord. And in doing so, God revealed something about His personality which is that physical appearance is never part of his consideration particularly in matters of selecting and anointing people. In a sense, the colour of your skin, handsome, pretty, ugly or physically-challenged have no bearing with God and His preferences.
Clearly, categorizing people based on skin colour–black, white, brown, red–is a human thing that has absolutely nothing to do with how God classifies people.
So How Does God Classify People?
From scripture, we find three classifications of people, consistent with how God looks at men–from the heart.
Ephesians 2:14 in the Bible reveals three classes of people:
- The Jews
- The Gentiles and
- The Church
We find that God recognizes these people from a purely state-of-heart perspective.
The Jews are the physical seed of Abraham issued an irrevocable promissory by the true God with terms that required them to live up to but they haven’t.
The Gentiles are non-Jews with no covenant relationship with the true God. They are described in the Bible as strangers from the covenant of promise; alienated from the deal that the true God gave the Jews.
The Church is the new race. They are an offshoot of the amnesty granted the Jews and the Gentiles by the true God based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. How was this amnesty granted through Jesus, you might be asked.
Jesus hung on a tree for the Jews. It was the penalty for not fulfilling their part of the contract with God.
At the same time, Jesus suffered alienation from God for the Gentiles. It was why He cried in Hebrew on that cross, ‘Eli Eli lama sabach tani’ (Matthew 26:47)
Jesus satisfied the demands of Justice for both Jews and non-Jews on that cross making peace with God; the peace that was lost by Adam in the Garden of Eden at the beginning.
And so it is only by accepting the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that man could now find peace with God.
Act 4:12 says,
Sin was the wall of hostility that Jesus broke down to create the new man in Christ. And if sin was the wall, fleshly prejudices like racism, religious fundamentalism and greed were the cement holding the bricks of the wall together.
It is man’s fallen nature that entices him to look and judge based on externalities. But not the Church. The Christian looks at human beings just as God does because he has the ability to do so from within.
Many, for ages, have misconstrued Christianity for what it truly is from the time of the early church. But the Bible is clear:
If you are born again, you are a bonafide member of this chosen race; a race called Christ.