In early January 2017, ABC journalist Judy Hsu asked President Obama about racism. Obama said, “You know I think that in some ways, like everything else, it’s gotten better, and in some ways, we have surfaced tensions that were already there, but are getting more attention.” “I promise you, for the most part, race relations have gotten better.”
In April of 2016, a Gallup poll survey revealed that:
17% of “Americans worried a great deal about race relations” in 2014
35% of “Americans worried a great deal about race relations” in 2016
Among specific groups of people who “worry a great deal” about racial tensions, the Gallup survey revealed:
2001-2011 2012-2014 2015-2016
Democrats 25% 22% 37%
Republicans 14% 14% 26%
Liberals 25% 24% 42%
Conservatives 17% 16% 28%
Blacks 45% 31% 53%
Whites 15% 14% 27%
In all groups, concern for racism has nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016.
Because the liberal media has made ‘racism’ America’s number one hot button issue, let’s back-up to the beginning on this important topic. First, what are the definitions of race and racism? One must have a universal understanding of the words, i.e. their definitions, before making any rational determinations.
Dictionary.com declares race to be:
1.a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.
2.a population so related.
a.(no longer in technical use) any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics.
Dictionary.com declares racism:
1.a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own
race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is
inferior to the others.
2.a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3.hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Second, why is racism wrong, i.e. immoral? In fact, after all is said and done, there can really only be two answers:
First, man’s view of race designations exist as: Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negroid. But then it changed to: 1.American Indian or Alaskan Native, 2.Asian or Pacific Islander, 3.Black, 4.White. But then it changed again: 1.American Indian or Alaska Native; 2. Asian; 3. Black or African American; 4. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 5. White. And it changed again. If you go to www.Census.gov, you will find there are presently hundreds of racial designations!! I copied and pasted the different designations into my resources, and it stopped at 30 pages!!! Man’s view says race is a biological flux!
Recently, man’s view added yet another category to its biological flux: preference. Man’s view now says race is not only defined by genes, but can also be defined by preference. This means one can determine race based upon choice.* Or, as Rachel Dolezal declares, “I identify as Black”. She recently finished her new book, due in March of 2017 entitled, “In Full Color; Finding my place in a Black and White World”. The book’s ad declares: “What determines your race? Is it your DNA? The community in which you were raised? The way others see you or the way you see yourself?”*
Bottom line: man’s view of ‘race’ extends from biology to preference: therefore, ‘YOU’ decide—either one, or the other, or both!!!
With regard to ‘racism’, man’s view is also in flux. Whereas at one time racism generally meant, the superiority of a race based upon skin color! Now, that definition has evolved to specifically mean--‘White Privilege’, which is defined as: White people are favored because of their Whiteness. This means Hispanics, Blacks, along with all other ‘People of Color’ (POC) cannot be racist; only Whites can be racist!
On the contrary, God’s view of race is much simpler. The Bible never uses the word ‘race’ to refer to people groups; only to contests, as in a foot race. God does not use biological differences to separate people; He identifies humans by: “…every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Rev5:9). Kindred=tribe; tongue=language; people=people/family group; nation=Gentiles. AND, God calls people: “…of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). This means every human being from any and all nations, originates from one blood, i.e. one man! In other words, all humans descend from one human (Adam), and thereby possess the same human genetic make-up!!
In conclusion, man’s view of race is best defined by two sources: First, the Humanist Manifesto 1, point six, declares: “We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of "new thought". Humanist Manifesto 2, point one, declares: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”
And second, in his book ‘Descent of Man’, Charles Darwin wrote: "Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate the savage races throughout the world...” AND, the title of Darwin’s first book says it all, “The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races In the Struggles for Life.”
In contrast, the Bible declares, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” (Gen1:26). The eternal, omnipotent, omniscient God, Who created everything animate and inanimate; and fashioned mankind--both male and female---just like Himself! In other words, there is no favored race of people; no stronger race; no savage race; no superior race; no survival of the fittest!
Only human beings…all just like God!
*This is called relativism; another atheist doctrine!
**Both the Humanist Manifestos and Darwinism are accepted by the world’s scientists, humanists, liberals, secularists, and atheists, etc.
Dr. Bill Bright, Campus Crusade For Christ:
“Citizenship in a free country is a blessing from God ... God wants us to do his will in government ... but we have disobeyed our Lord ... As a result, we are in danger of losing our nation by default, and with it our individual freedoms and possibly our very lives. If that should happen, our opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission throughout the United States and the world will also be lost. And hundreds of millions will never have the opportunity to receive our Savior.”