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Racism is neither a local nor a recent problem. It has been around for a long time. The Bible has principles that guide how people of different races should treat each other.

"Racism uses crude descriptions of people"

Racial slurs are offensive and demeaning. The Bible says, "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers" (Ephesians 4:29, cf. Luke 4:22; Colossians 3:8-9; James 3:2-8; 2 Peter 2:18).

"Racism attempts to elevate self by putting down others"

Some attempt to rise by stepping on others. In the church, all are equal as brothers and sisters in Christ (Philippians 2:3-4).

"Racism is arrogant and foolhardy because every man's image is made in God's image"

(Genesis 1:26-27). Anthropologists believe that no race is essentially superior or inferior. Of course, there are advanced races and backward races, but this is accounted for by a difference in opportunity rather than an inherent ability. The claim that any group is a master race would be laughable if it were not so tragic.

Yet such racism has brought terrible suffering into the world. For instance, three German soldiers were executed by Russian soldiers. One, who was twenty-four-years old, confessed to murdering women and children. For his brutal conduct he gave this explanation: "When Hitler came to power, I was thirteen. I was taught we were the master race, that all others were inferior. I was taught that these, being inferior, had no rights. Therefore I killed and destroyed without compunction."

What causes racism?

"Racism may come from parental influence"

Some say, "That is the way I was raised, and I cannot help it." This is no acceptable excuse because Christianity reprograms our thinking; it "renews the mind" (Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 3:16). People can change.

"Racism may come from fear?"

(Proverbs 29:25). Why do we build walls? For protection and defense against hostile forces. The Great Wall of China was built to keep out the invading hordes of Genghis Khan and other enemies. Today some say, "They are taking our jobs," or "They are trying to hold us down and take away our rights." All people need to look beyond the skin color to see the man.

"Racism is caused by pride"

Some consider themselves better than others because of nothing more than a genetic combination of chromosomes. Paul wrote, "If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself" (Galatians 6:3).

The true cause of racism is a sin. Racism is not a matter of skin, but of sin.

"He died for all." 2 Corinthians 5:15
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