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It is written:
Acts 10:34-35-Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
As a Gospel preacher, I have often seen the reality and the effects of racism. I wish I could say that I have seen such diminishing; but in truth, it seems that the poison of prejudice is taking root more than ever.
Let me give you an example.
In the last few months, I was attending a Bible study at a local restaurant in Hazard. While waiting for my friends to show up, I was in line to order food for us and there were two people in front of me “catching up.” It seems that they had not seen each other in quite some time. They both made reference to going to church (which I strongly commend).
At one point, the lady (who was apparently some kind of local school teacher), and her friend from out of the area (presumably a social worker of some kind) began to discuss the home lives of many children in the country. The lady, describing her difficulties as a teacher with students from homes that were often broken, told her friend how much she cares for her students.
Lady: Yes, many of them (her students, M.T.) come from broken homes.
Social Worker: I see that all the time.
Lady: Sadly, many of them are African-Americans.
Man: That doesn’t surprise me. They are all animals.
Yes, you read that correctly.
I would like to think that I misheard the statement, and in all fairness, that is a possibility (I am, after all, pretty hard of hearing).
However, if I heard correctly, then this statement is atrocious.
Bigotry is a horrible thing that we need to deal with as Christians. Sadly, many in our country (and in the churches) have a bit of racism within. Sometimes this comes as the result of upbringing: sometimes, as the result of bad experiences with others of different ethnic background, which are then stereotyped upon other persons of that ethnic background.
Sometimes, racism is the result of indoctrination in the public school system. After all, the theory of evolution has been a staple in public education in this country for generations. When the teaching that all human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) is removed, then the lies of racism can take hold much more easily. Indeed, the acceptance of racism by many in our culture can be traced to the widespread acceptance of the Darwinistic theory of macroevolution.
“The acceptance of Darwinism and the loss of the basic Christian influence in society were both major factors in the rise of Nazism, fascism, communism, and ruthless capitalism (see Azar 1990; Bergman 1999; Bergman 2001). These movements caused numerous wars, conflicts, and slaughters that lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of persons. Professor Azar wrote that all of the “vicious ideologies of the first half of the twentieth century—Communism, Fascism, Nazism—paid homage to evolution” (1990, 218). It is difficult to postulate how differently history would have unfolded if the Darwinian revolution never had occurred, but the evidence indicates that if Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, and other totalitarian leaders had believed (and acted on) the Christian creationist theistic worldview, they would not have accepted atheism, materialism, and absolutism or have influenced the slaughters that dominated the 20th century. Rummel, in his mammoth three-volume study of the last century’s mass murderers, concluded that at the top of the list were Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse-tung, in that order (2008, 8). The historical evidence indicates that before becoming converts to Darwinism, Marx, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse-tung all accepted the Christian teaching that all humans were brothers because they were all descendants of Adam and Eve (Medvedev 1989). If they had continued to embrace Christian creationism, they would not have become leaders of the anti-Christian totalitarian movements that ideologically opposed Christianity. For these reasons, Darwinism was likely an important factor in the deaths of an estimated over 250 million persons and the enormous suffering inflicted on more than a billion people. The tragic influence these Darwin converts had in world history can be estimated by reviewing the death toll of just two movements, the German and communist holocausts. Darwinism had been used to provide intellectual support to a multitude of cruel and vicious policies. Causes which have been justified by Social Darwinism include slavery, imperialism, racism, genocide, the Holocaust, Fascism, Communism, war, and not helping the poor, to name but a few. Where previously there was no clear intellectual justification for most of these causes, Darwin provided one, and . . . his justification had the backing of many reputable scientists of his day. . . . among historians with no axe to grind this is not controversial, although it is rarely expressed this directly, that Darwin must be listed as one of those responsible, along with numerous Nazis, for the Holocaust (Holden 2000, 2–3).” (Jerry Bergman, The Darwin Effect: It’s Influence On Nazism, Eugenics, Racism, Communism, Capitalism, & Sexism, 341-342 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)
Regardless of the cause of racism, the facts are simple. Racism is hideous, ridiculous, and unfounded.
Christians must continue to oppose such.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.