Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Memorials and remembrances will be taking place across America, particularly in places associated with Dr. King and his work. In a time when “racial” tensions are climbing yet again, it helps to remember figures like Dr. King and the message they proclaimed of “racial” unity (though, biblically and biologically, there really is only one race, so we put words like “racial” and “races” in quotes). But if we really want “racial” reconciliation, we need much more than that.
You see, the root cause of racism really isn’t misunderstandings, prejudice, or pride (though those are all contributing factors). The root cause of racism is sin! Our rebellion against God manifests itself in many ways, including hurting and degrading those made in his image (Genesis 1:27) and failing to love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31).
The root cause of racism is sin!
God’s Word provides the answer for racism. It clearly teaches that all humans are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), that we’re all descended from Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:20; 1 Corinthians 15:45), and that we’re all one race (Acts 17:26). And because we’re all descended from Adam, we all sin and will face death because of our sin (Romans 5:12). This means all people—no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they live—have the same problem: they are sinners, separated from God and headed for an eternity in hell.
But Jesus stepped into history as our relative, a descendant of Adam, and paid our penalty of death (1 Corinthians 15:21). Because of his death, those who put their faith and trust in Christ (Romans 10:9) are saved from God’s wrath and are reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18) and made part of his family—forever (John 1:12)!
We all have the same problem—sin—but we all have the same solution: the Lord Jesus Christ! The gospel is the answer to racism.
What also needs to be shared on this anniversary is that members of the fallen human race need to be reconciled to their Creator through what our Lord Jesus Christ did on the Cross. Now, that’s the true and real reconciliation that’s needed. Many of the great abolitionists, including in England, were devout Christians who used biblical teachings in their efforts to end slavery.
I encourage you to learn more about what the Bible says on this important issue in my book, coauthored with Dr. Charles Ware, One Race One Blood. You can read this book online or order it from our online store.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.