Christians are believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Racists are generally those who believe that they are superior to another group.
In America, racists are best known as White people who believe they are better than Black African Americans. Their belief arises out of the fact that the Whites stole the Africans from their motherland of Africa, and with force and violence, enslaved the Africans for more than 250 years.
The Whites beneﬁtted from two hundred and ﬁfty years of free labor as the Whites utilized their violence to keep the Africans enslaved. From their two hundred and ﬁfty years of free labor, the Whites sold a bill of goods that the Blacks were somehow inferior. The two hundred and ﬁfty years of slavery was followed by ninety plus years of laws that enforced discrimination, called Jim Crow Laws.
American History tells us that White settlers who allegedly came to the American Colonies, came to escape religious persecution. They arrived in the new land and within a very short time violated every one of the Ten Commandments against their Christ-life-based religion. They stole the land, raped their neighbors’ women, and utilized violence on the natives in America, in order to take control of the new world.
Courts enforced Jim Crow laws that were followed by laws that said that the Blacks were separate but equal to the Whites. These laws were followed by laws that pretended to set up equality. All of these changes were set up by whites who by saying they were the children of God and it was God’s will that the Blacks served the Whites.
The Whites justiﬁed their racism by creating a ﬁctional interpretation of the Bible saying that the Blacks were children of Ham and were cursed and their Black skin was the evidence. From this ﬁction of blackness, the world was taught that White was superior and Blacks were inferior and bad. Privilege was reserved for Whites and hard work was for Blacks. Ironically though Blacks did the work, they earned the belief that blacks were lazy and irresponsible.
Christians used various events in the Bible to show their racism. King Herod a paranoid, proved his racism in the second chapter of Matthew. Herod, on discovering that a new King of the Jews was to be born, decreed that all the newborn male children in and around Bethlehem were to be killed.
Today, we see racism in Christian churches and communities in various ways. We watched as Jeremiah Wright was run out of the Obama for President Campaign, while the life and death of Billy Graham was viewed as a giant, Christian hero. I never saw Graham at a rally or civil rights event.
Dr. Martin Luther King addressed America’s racism in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail in April, 1963. Dr. King was jailed for demonstrating against discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama where Bull Connor was the Police Chief. Dr. King’s letter was in response to a group of White ministers who wrote an open letter in January, 1963, objecting to Dr King’s demonstrating his objection to the racial discrimination of the South, in general, and Birmingham, Alabama in particular.
The White liberal ministers essentially told Dr. King that Blacks should wait for their rights. The ministers told Dr. King that his activities were unwise and untimely. The demonstrations was put on by 85 afﬁliated organizations including the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. The ministers tried to sell Dr. King on the idea of negotiating, saying that civil disobedience activities were “disruptive”. King wanted the Christian ministers to see that Christian discipleship was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement.
Today Christians seem to have betrayed our children. Black churches should be there to protect the children. Many leaders are confused and believe that getting re-elected is more important than protecting the rights of children. As a result Christians in the so-called Bible Belt seem to be more concerned about protecting the Second Amendment Right to have a gun than protecting our children, even though the Second Amendment says nothing about owning a gun except for a militia (the military).
Dr. King says, in effect, that the Christians of Birmingham wanted to know why he was there. He said he was there because injustice was there. He said in a diatribe that he was like the Apostle Paul and other prophets who left his little village in Tarsus to carry the Gospel of Jesus to every little hamlet in the Graeco Roman world.
King posed the proposition that White Christians seemed to understand and appreciate the police action but didn’t understand and deplored the actions of the white citizens that required civil action to give rise for the demonstrations.
Currently, we see White kids walking out of class demonstrating against guns. When Black kids went demonstrated for voting rights, they were subjected to getting shot and arrested every night by the police. We saw group demonstrations to by whites to keep Black kids out of schools with White kids. We saw separated classes and schools developed a concept called “social promotion” where they refused to teach black children. They were further afraid that white kids would be harmed by socialization with Black kids.
Evangelicals, while professing Love of Jesus Christ and claiming they are Christ-like, voted for and supports a President who admits that he hates Mexicans, Muslims, Blacks and homosexuals, and who promotes building walls to keep people out of the country because they are different, and abuses women and brags about it, clearly breaking all the rules of morality, a high value which Evangelicals seem to ignore where the President is concerned.
Jesus taught Love not hate of those different than he was. White Christians have promoted a blond-haired blue-eyed savior and taught the world that Africa and Africans were savages. While they taught us Africa was bad they sent voyagers and traders to take out the value of Africa which was priceless.
Jesus’ law says we must love all men regardless of race, color, or creed. To do less is to violate the laws of love taught to Christians by Jesus. John 13:35 says, “All men will know that you are my Disciples, if you have love for one another.”
[Extracted from the booklet, Christianity and Racism, The Great Conﬂict, by Joe C. Hopkins.]