For this tidbit, please review the following 5.16 second youtube video, which offers a root of racism necessary to understand this tidbit. YouTube link
What you just saw was ‘how’ mankind passes down national and racial heritage. This method is to be contrasted against God’s way (Is38:19;Deut6:7-8). I think God’s way is better!
Let’s unpack this incredible video!
Biological family heritage is passed down from parents to children through DNA. DNA is one of the greatest proofs of God’s existence. Why? DNA is information. Examine this simple 2-step test for information:
1.There is no known cause or process that can cause information to originate in matter by itself.
2.All information backs-up to a mind.
For example, a stop-sign is information on matter. Let’s use the previous 2-step acid test. Did the information (STOP) on the matter (metal) generate itself? No! An individual or company printed it. Does the information back up to a mind? Yes. The mind of the individual or company.
Now let’s apply the test to DNA, which as I said, is also information. Did DNA generate itself in your body(matter)? NO! And, does it back up to a mind? Guess who?*
Remember, there are no known exceptions to this little test!
Let’s continue! When God created DNA in man, He created melanin as the major contributing factor determining skin color. Therefore, man is scientifically only one color—the color of melanin. However, the DNA also supplies information that creates every other biological trait man possesses—hair, eye, nose, height, weight, etc. The incredible potential in the DNA is a wonder of the universe!! “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all…”(Ps104:24)
Although DNA is how all humans differ biologically, yet men can also differ in other ways: culture, language, family, all the way down to cuisine! None of these ways is inherently wrong, but can evolve into evil as sin is applied to ‘any’ human difference. Sadly, the video makes this point very well! For this reason, God’s Word must be given pre-eminence in the critical area of origins; in this case, how to manage the origin of human differences.
If you will remember, there were two basic ways that most of the people in the video believed in their superiority: nationally and racially. For example, the young Kurdish woman inadvertently said she, “hates Turkish people”; but quickly corrected her ‘Freudian slip’, and pointed her disfavor at the Turkish government(.55sec). Then you have the Icelander who declared, “I am more important than you” (1.03). “I am more important than a lot of people.” Or, the woman so proud of her French origin (.59 secs; 2:05)—yet later found out she had no French in her at all!** Or finally, the Englishman who believed his heritage required that he reject Germans(.41), while he was part German!** Often God’s truths make us eat our words(Rom3:4)!
First, we need a reminder that many of the people on this video originate from horrible persecutions by other national groups. For example, with the Turks on one side, and Iraq (Saddam Hussein) on the other, the Kurds have been systematically targeted for annihilation! Yet, many of the participants expressed differing degrees of suffering from other people groups, which was often foundational to their biases. Although hatred is a sin(1Jn3:15) and cannot be excused, the painful realities of the people, including the Kurdish girl, can be understood. Yet, the question of the foundation for the obvious racism/nationalism/elitism for many of the people on the video…remains!
The answer is simple but profound. If you watch and listen closely, the idea of racism/nationalism/superiority many of the young people displayed was learned! It was taught by parents, culture, relatives, friends, media, etc!!!
God has taught me the idea of ‘learned racism’ repeatedly over the 6 decades of my life. Although I have many personal examples, one immediately leaps out. Several years ago, while in a restaurant in California vacationing with my wife, I watched as a tall, burley White man picked-up his toddler who was Black, and walk out of the restaurant. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit spoke, “Do you see that White man with that Black child?” I answered in the affirmative. “Do you think you could just walk-up and take that child from him because the child is Black and you are Black?” Then God dropped the revelation on me, “Skin color”, He said, “does not make the bond between that White man and that Black child--love does! That child would not go with you, even though you are Black, because the child loves that man, and that man his child.” In other words, the Biblical answer that binds people together is not Blackness, Whiteness, Brownness, Yellowness, nor Redness—but love! That Black child was not old enough to understand racial differences, but he did understand love—it was written on his heart with the hand of God, Himself!
In that real-life classroom, providentially set-up by God to teach me, He affirmed the terrible fact that racism is created and taught by man—and sadly, passed to our offspring! This is why racism is colorless sin!
One more? Once a Black woman approached me and said, “I need a Black man to mentor my son.” In other words, she believed she needed a Black man to help her son become a Black man. At the core of her desire, there ‘may’ be nothing overtly evil with wanting a Black man to mentor her Black son. On the other hand, her thinking reveals the existence of conscious and unconscious racism. Conscious racism is fairly obvious to most and may manifest as anything from racial violence to calling a person a racial pejorative. On the other hand, unconscious racism is more insidious--but like all sin--easily lurks in the heart unaware.
I will give the woman the benefit of the doubt that her intent was NOT willful, but her statement actually reveals that she makes a distinction between Black manhood and manhood! In reality, manhood is NOT racial! Neither Black or White manhood exists! What she actually needed was a ‘man of character’ to mentor her child—and character is neither White nor Black--it is Christ-like!
In conclusion, regardless of your origin or racial make-up, racism is a learned behavior! Racism requires parents, relatives, friends, or the culture to teach superiority--either consciously or unconsciously! As the video so irrefutably illustrates, racism is not limited to Whites or Blacks---or even nations!
Yet, the only way to be delivered from racism is through the profound truth that God created man—all men—in the image and likeness of God(Gen1:26-28)!! Human equality exists no other way!
*If you didn’t answer God—you fail the test!
**See the single Youtube full-length videos of each participant.
There are no new fundamentals. You've got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, "I've got a new fundamental." That's like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.
In the last tidbit we discovered that “race” as we know it today: White, Black, Brown, and Yellow, does not exist in the Bible. God does not separate people by skin color; only man does that.
However, the Bible does in fact condemn racism. Although the word ‘racism’ does not exist in the Bible, racism is categorized under elitism, which is a sin of the flesh. I repeat, racism is a sin--which means it is not a political issue, but a theological one!
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus
Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. (NAS) -James2:1*
Elitism in general is defined as promoting ‘self’ more highly than should be(Rom12:3); it refers to making self better, greater, or higher than others. Although racism/skin color is the most popular contemporary method of exalting one human over another, other means of self-exaltation include: blood/genes, money, family, tribe, intelligence (IQ), skill, strength, military might, national origin; have all been used at one time or another, to declare human superiority. Breaking it down further, simply substitute any of the previous methods into the sentence, “I am better than you because of my ___________.” Any word chosen for this blank ultimately ends in the evil of elitism!
For this reason, our Declaration of Independence and Constitution have their roots in the Judaeo/Christian ethic that declares all men possess the image and likeness of God, which ‘alone’ gives birth to the idea that “all men are equal”, i.e. ‘nothing’ makes one man better than another man! Furthermore, this great truth (image of God) gives birth in the Declaration to the term--“inalienable rights”, which means God-given’, or ‘not man-given’, rights! As the progenitor of the two great truths--“inalienable rights” and “all men are created equal”--only the image and likeness God mandate can refute and defeat elitism! Neither humanism nor atheism can rationally reject racism (nor any form of elitism)! Why? Because the philosophical foundation of atheism and humanism is Darwinism, which mandates the philosophy of the ‘survival of the fittest,’ a euphemism for ‘might makes right’. Therefore, under the ‘might makes right’ mandate, American slavery, which was based on racism, cannot be rejected because the might of the superior Whites, was greater than the weakness of inferior Blacks! Therefore, Darwinism not only facilitates racism, but is its intellectual support!**
To further elucidate racism however, we must understand that only within the last 3-400 years, did mankind begin to negatively pre-judge men based upon their skin color(racism). Therefore, like the other sins of elitism, racism not only rejects the image and likeness of God on mankind, but contemporary racism goes one-step further and rejects the scientific field of genetics.
For example, the primary chemical used to determine skin tone is melanin. The lighter a person is, the less melanin he possesses; or the darker one is, the more melanin one possesses. I repeat, the chemical of melanin controls both skin and eye color.
Take 2-3 minutes to review the Punnet square below, to better understand how parents genetically pass skin color to their children. The genes ‘MM’ represent more melanin and a darker complexion, while ‘mm’ represents less melanin and a lighter complexion. The person with no melanin is an aberration, and is called an albino.
“At the genetic level, race does not exist. Studies of human DNA have found that there is far more genetic variability
between individuals within any given “racial” group than
between two such groups.”
-Dawn Stover, Readers Digest, November, 2000 from the
New York Times.
As is always the case, real science agrees with the Bible: race by skin color does not exist!
The simple imagery of Punnet square reveals the folly of racism. It reveals the liberal folly of calling racism an American sin, or White people’s sin. On the contrary, it reveals the truth that racism is a sin capable of being committed by any human, or group of humans! Furthermore, the Punnet square reveals the racism of recently ‘invented’ liberal code language like: “people of color”, which is racially biased on two counts:
1.Every human being with melanin should be included in “people
of color”. Why? Because Whites have melanin in their skin like all
normal humans. On the contrary, only humans without melanin
have no color, and they are called albino, which is a genetic
abnormality---not a description of White people.
2.Although ‘people of color’ is not itself derogatory, its intent to exclude Whites is! In other words, liberals use it to refer to all non-White people, with the intent of separating the world into two groups: White and non-White people—which is racism!
Although liberals will not admit it, the term ‘people of color’
carries an air of superiority—and is inherently racist.
In conclusion, liberalism has reinterpreted the separation of church and state, using it to systematically pull-down God’s truths in our culture—specifically, the image and likeness of God. Unless God’s people are willing to fight this blasphemy, all manner of evil will exponentially increase. Remember, the ‘sins of the flesh’ (Gal5:17-21;Rom1:29-32) are the doorway to incalculable and unprecedented evil! The recent liberal resurrection of racism is just the beginning!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land.
*Other places where the Bible records condemnation of elitism: Jms2:1,4,9; Deut1:17; Lev19:15; Pro24:23-26; Acts10:34; Deut10:17; 2Cor5:16; 1Pet1:17; Jude16; Deut16:19; Deut24:17; 2 Chron19:5-7; Heb11:28; Jn7:24
**Check our Darwin’s book title: “The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races In the Struggles for Life.” And, Frances Galton, Darwin’s cousin, is called the Father of eugenics. Eugenics is the supposed science of racism!
No man has learned to live until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns, to the broader concerns of all of humanity.
-Martin Luther King