Black Lives Matter, the Klan, and the Bible
Raise your hand if you’re tired of seeing the media capitalize on racism. I know I am. It seems to me like I can’t even watch the news anymore without hearing about how much one group of people hates another, and how our country is burning in the flames of bigotry. I’m not in denial. I understand there’s racist people out there. I’ve experienced it’s ugliness first hand, (sadly even within the Christian community), and have fought for friends who have faced it as well. That being said, I can’t say I’m surprised that people are racist towards their own kind. I don’t need the media to educate me on that. The Bible is clear that such murder originates from man’s sinful nature. As a matter of fact, racism is a fruit of the devil himself.
I’m also not writing this to try to fix racism. I’m not foolish enough to believe that that will be accomplished on this side of eternity. Yes, we can do things to restrain racism, but if one understands the addicting nature of sin then one can also understand that some people don’t want to let racism go. That’s a bold statement, but it’s true nonetheless. There are people out there who love to be hateful. It feeds something inside them that only the Lord can take away. Therefore, I don’t believe it’s a realistic goal to say we will rid the world of racism through social justice movements or by watching CNN and Fox News.
This is why I’m refusing to buy into the media’s race peddling. They constantly stir the pot without providing us with any answers as what we should actually do about it. They’re famous for reporting false facts before the evidence of a situation even hits an investigators desk. CNN cleverly gives the view that the cops are always the bad guys, and Fox sells the story that the victims are always the thugs. Who do we believe?
Hopefully, neither of them. They both have a political agenda to sell, and both of them could care less about those on the front lines. This is why I’m sick of watching them blow these stories up. It’s also the reason why I’m thankful to have a Christian worldview, which brings us to the meat of this post…
One of the benefits of being a former drug addict is that I use to live in both worlds. I had black friends, mexican friends, and white friends. We all got along and there wasn’t much talk of race. I also played sports for years with people from all different types of backgrounds. Guess what? When we played for a common goal, and we shed blood together to achieve that goal, we had nothing but love for one another. I know this isn’t the case for everyone. I’ve been blessed to have these types of pre-conversion experiences and I was able top carry them over into my Christian life as well. This is one reason why not being racist is simple for me. The other reason is because it’s totally against the mindset of the Bible.
I refuse to allow the world to sell me that I should hate my brother due to their skin color or culture. As a Christian, the world’s media doesn’t tell me how to think, and I especially won’t join in on the movements of today which promote hatred and division. Christ isn’t in Black Lives Matter, the Klan, or any other worldly cult, therefore, I’m not either. Besides, there’s only one group of people that will stand on the last day and receive their crowns of glory: the people of God.
We’re not alone in this struggle. Paul faced similar circumstances when he was preaching to the gentiles of his day. These gentiles were tempted to classify the Christians around them based on their race or culture. They too were close to buying into the wicked worldview of racism. Paul could see this unfolding, and he responded by telling them about the biblical worldview on race:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Indeed, the same truth applies to us today. There is neither white nor black, poor nor rich, Democrat nor Republican, for all of us are one in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Truth be told, I wrote this article because I saw some of my Christian brothers and sisters buying into the current racism of the world. I would now humbly ask them to repent. Christ is coming, and this present evil age will soon pass away with all its lies. In the twinkle of an eye, hatred will be trodden under foot and racism will perish along with it. On that day, all that will be left is those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. Who’s side will we be on then?