Does the bible speak to us about racism?

What wisdom we find in the holy word

Every day my wife Joanie and I start our day by reading various bible lessons that are exemplified by scripture. So, as most of us are aware our nation has been suffering from blatant and covert racism directed toward people of color for too long a time. This was dramatically emphasized by witnessing the murder of George Floyd on public television. When we started our readings the other day I wondered- does the holy bible have any opinions on this vital issue? Indeed, it does. Both old and new testaments are filled with statements directing us towards equality for all men. It seems making quick and unfounded judgements about a race and being partial or biased is an ancient problem for humanity that was addressed many times. In the book of Deuteronomy we read “God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Paul said in Romans “…the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call upon Him.” Of course Jesus preached about inclusion, unity, and peace. If you study the holy word there are many instances where strife between peoples can be replaced with understanding, and kindness become the word of the day. Now, I am not a biblical scholar but I believe the the veracities found in the bible are as true today then when inspired by the Lord above. And if that is so, I believe it is time for us as a society to exercise those lessons. We are making progress, but we are just beginning to achieve the much needed reconciliation between our peoples needed to keep us the greatest nation in the world. So let’s now not only read the words, but live them as we should.

  • Lou Reinitz LJR Insurance Solutions LLC

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