Hard | Lines :: Week 2 – Racism
In our second week together, we tackled the issue of racism.
And like everything we try to do in student ministries, we try to make sure all we’re teaching and learning is coming straight from Scripture. Any other source of truth will lead us down a path to either self-righteousness or destruction.
Before we got the part of the night where we ask what our response should be…our response as those who claim to be followers of Christ, I showed a number of Scripture verses that deal with the topic of racism. Some are more straight forward than others.
I promised that I would post the verses in a place they would be able to find and look-up for themselves.
Here is a collection of verses (by no means exhaustive) that deal with racist ideals.
1 Kings 8:41-44
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
Based on the verses listed above, what should our response be to racism? And I mean all forms of racism — to include racist jokes (even if the race represented in the joke isn’t around) all the way up to institutionalized racism which resulted in the holocaust.
What’s our response? What should it be?
1. Stand up to it. Instead of walking away from racist jokes or racist people, we to stand up against it. Say, “No! This is not ok and you need to stop.” (side note: we should probably make sure we stop telling those kind of jokes as well)
The Apostle Paul told his disciple, Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Paul was referring to the Gospel, encouraging Timothy to not back away from the truth he’d already learned and believed. Like Timothy, we [Christians] have been set apart to live a holy life. To live as an example. To point and lead others to the saving grace of Jesus through the simple use of our lives.
And one of the strongest examples of living by faith, of living the way that Scripture encourages us to live, is by being honest and standing for truth.
Are you a Christian? Do you believe in the Bible? Do you hate racism? Then stand up to it. Say No. Don’t walk away. Don’t be shy. Don’t be timid. Be bold.
2. Consider where racists come from. Consider their stories. Consider their backgrounds. Consider who they are as people. Broken and lost creatures trying to make sense of a broken world…just like you. At least, like you were before Jesus.
Racists have access to the same grace and forgiveness that you were so freely given, even though you didn’t nothing to deserve it and at the time of Christ’s sacrifice, you [all mankind] were enemies of God. Yet, God loved the world–the whole world–in such a way, that He gave His Son for you…even racists.
3. If you have racist tendencies (making jokes or labeling an entire people group terrorists because of of handful of individuals), you need to repent. Confess your heart to Christ (and then someone you trust), thank God that He’s already paid for that sin for you, then ask for a change of heart. This is the essence of repentance–change. Ask God to change your heart to be more in line with His.
And that is that.
Just think, this was probably one of the easier weeks. We still have abortion, drugs and alcohol, and homosexuality and transgenderism to wrestle with.
Pray for us.
Pray that as we discuss these things, we would begin to know and understand how to use the perfect truth of Scripture to be our ultimate source of truth.