Point 2: Racism/Nationalism

I’ve been at home this week, so I’ve had plenty of time to sit and think. I think we’ve all seen the current situation with the president commenting on the arrest of a certain professor, and the events that have led to the pictures of Obama, Biden, Gates, and Crowley sitting down to a beer and a discussion. Although Obama made a comment that was negative to the police present in the situation, he was quick to say that his words probably were not well put. The thing that I give Obama two thumbs up for is his asking Gates and Crowley to sit together with him as a mediator (MLK, Jr. would have been proud), since this was gaining much publicity on a national level. This led me to wonder about the Christian view of race, which is hard to pinpoint because the view of skin color as a means for ethnic separation was not important in Bible times like it is today in our country.

I now turn to Deuteronomy 23:7. The verse at face value seems a little odd, and not very spiritual. But this was spiritual enough for the ancient Israelite. To say that something so social relevant and spirituality could be separated would have made no sense to him. He was forced to look at certain groups as his kin, despite his desire to not do so (since they were closely related according to the way their written history plays itself out). What is even more bizarre is that they are ordered to not “abhor any of the Egyptians.” There was no ethnicity that Israel had more right to hate than the Egyptians, yet to the ones living among them is giving freedom from oppression and revenge.

It’s really upsetting to hear people say things about the other races. I know my generation isn’t as bad as some who have come before. The USA is getting better. But we have even more road before us. As for the Christians we might have more considering Sunday morning is probably one of the more segregated times in our country. The Bible seems to push toward a day when all nations will be brought to the Presence and healed from their ailments (Rev. 22:1-2). If Christians want that, they have to live it. How do they think they will be allowed into God’s Kingdom if they do not live out at least in intention the love of all people, no matter their race or ethnicity (which the popular view seems to define this by nation of origin other than your own).

One of the worst applications of racism I have heard is the phrase “I hate it when they inter-mix,” which describes two “races” coming together in lifelong commitment. The problem with this is that it is mostly white people who say this one (from my experience) and European History disproves that statement. It’s is common knowledge that European history is filled with migrations and everyone is likely to be a product of “mixing it up.” If a French man marries a Polish woman, that technically might be two ethnicities mixing. The same would go for an Italian woman and an Irish man. You can see where this is going. The racist comment that is in question is disproved by it’s own logic. (For more, try reading some articles in Ethnicity). In such reasoning, I would propose that Christianity is more in tune with reality because it doesn’t accept “the way it is.” We, instead, hope for “the way it should be,” which is how we live and how the world will be when Christ submits all authority to himself for God. And all this ties into previous post and Nationalism. I say to any citizen of any country that is a Christian, according to all this, God will take over. So you better be more loyal to him than your “worldly” home (your country).

So, the Christian doesn’t just follow history,

He follows they history maker

and the history changer.

I cannot emphasize enough that it is not the skin that defines the love between two people, but love itself defines it. Love is what defines any relationship since it is fully committed to the other’s well being, and will struggle to head toward an even healthier relationship.

So love, despite…

race,

ethnicity,

gender,

economic status,

nationality,

etc.

Just love.

Grace and peace to you all.

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