June 26, 2022 Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor with Xavier Maryland – Pastor of High School Students
There is a sinful and evil nature in all of mankind that needs to somehow feel superior to someone else in order to feel good about themselves.
1. RACISM IS THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANOTHER HUMAN BEING ON THE BASIS OF ETHNICITY.
A. James 2:1My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.(NIV)
B. Proverbs 24:23These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.
C. John 7:24Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
D. When we look down on others because of their outward characteristics, we are actually rejecting specific things about God’s plan. So, what do I mean?
1. Racism devalues God’s creation.
a. The key to how we are to treat every person from the womb to the tomb has to do with how seriously we take the idea of God creating all people in His Image.
b. Acts 17:26And God made from one manevery nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.
c. When Jesus came, by His blood, He removed every barrier we create to divide us.He did so with the desire to make us one.
d. Ephesians 2:14-16For Jesus is Himself our peace, who has made two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 …His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity, thus making peace,16 and in this one body (church) to reconcile mankind to God through the cross…
2. Racism rejects God’s purpose in the world.
a. Matthew 28:19Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations…
b. John 3:16For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
c. “People have no problem playing sports with others across ethnic lines or even doing drugs, for that matter.But when it comes to having church and worshipping God, suddenly Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week in America.”(Tony Evans)
d. Acts 13:1Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Paul. (NLT)
3. Racism disregards God’s commandment to love all people.
a. John 13:34-35A new commandment I give you to, that you love one another. As I have loved you, that you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.
b. Prejudice is a direct violation of the love of God.(James 2:8-10; Galatians 5:14)
4. Racism ignores God’s future goal for the world.
Revelation 7:9After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. (NLT)
2. THE KEY TO OVERCOMING RACISM.
A. Racial Discrimination Is Only Overcome By Spiritual Transformation.
Ephesians 2:14,16For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. (NLT)
B. Pursue Unity.
1. John 17:20-21I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. 21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as You and I are one, Father—that just as You are in Me and I am in You, so they will be in Us, and the world will believe You sent Me.
2. Our unity – our love and understanding for each other – convinces the world around us that Christianity has something to offer.
C. Pursue Kingdom Identity Over Earthly Identity.
D. What Can We Do Today?
1. Avoid generalizations.
2. Celebrate differences.
3. Call out racism when you see it.
4. Fellowship with someone who looks different than you.