Over the past 4 weeks, I offered the foundation, i.e. the very basics, for the sin of racism. Yet, because sin is complex, it often evolves into various forms—and sometimes even unidentifiable forms(Lu11:35). As a part of sin, the sin of racism, has in fact dramatically evolved into many various forms.
Historically, racist tactics such as slavery, segregation, share cropping, the poll tax, and literacy tests were overt, bold, and shameless. While racism has dramatically changed from this sordid past, it continues to this day in different forms. The question now is what forms? Beginning with this tidbit, and moving forward, I would like to unveil some of those contemporary forms of racism.
First of all, you must remember, this tidbit rests squarely upon at least two fundamentals for understanding racism I revealed in previous tidbits:
1.human equality exclusively originates in the image of God on mankind. And,
2.as a sin, racism infects the entire human family--it is not limited to color, tribe, nation, or religion!
Without these two principles, understanding racism* becomes impossible!
Unlike historic racism, the guiding principles of contemporary racism are deception and confusion. The deception begins with racism retaining a few overt historic forms. For example, anybody who knows human nature, will understand racism can never become obsolete, it can only be controlled. Because I’m not politically correct, people often accuse me of believing racism no longer exists. However, because I understand that racism is a sin of the flesh, I know sins of the flesh can only end when each human receives a new body(1Cor15:3-38). In other words, I absolutely believe racism still exists! While I believe much has changed, some still remains; but must of all, I believe a new system of racism has been birthed!
Now, if you reread my last paragraph, which I italicized and underscored for emphasis, it contains an example of a hidden liberal tactic used to deceive and confuse. I can almost guarantee, very few if any, noticed it.
First, if you look-up the word racism at dictionary.com, you find:
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.
This offers ‘the’ universal definition of racism; which is supported by the Biblical understanding of the sin of elitism, which gives birth to racism. In other words, the Dictionary.com definition declares racism affects all human beings, regardless of nationality, tribe, tongue, or creed.**
At this point, allow me to give you the key liberalism uses to drive the general discourse in American society on race and racism into its present state of deception and confusion. First, the italicized and underscored paragraph is actually true, there are no lies—either willful or accidental. What then is the deception? The key is ‘word definition’. Liberalism either changes definitions, or adds to definitions of words. Re-read to the above paragraph and you will find the same word ‘racism’ actually has two different definitions depending on what sentence uses it, and who is reading it.
For example, examine my sentence, “Because I’m not politically correct, people often accuse me of believing racism no longer exists.”
Remember, Dictionary.com’s universal definition of racism applies to any people group regardless of nationality, tribe, tongue, or creed. However, as used in this sentence, the word racism means ‘White’ racism! Re-read the sentence, considering I am a Black man referring to racism, and you will find the sentence is interpreted as: “Because I’m not politically correct, people often accuse me of believing White racism no longer exists.” See the subtle difference? With passion and intensity, liberalism markets the hidden assumption that Black people believe ‘racism’ means ‘White racism’!!!
If you take the liberal definition, along with the Dictionary.com definition, and reread the paragraph, you will find that it becomes fairly easy to determine to which one I refer. For example, the word ‘racism’ in my sentence "However, because I understand that racism is a sin of the flesh, I know sins of the flesh...” , fits perfectly with the Dictionary.com definition, but not the liberal definition. Why? Because all humans possess “sin of the flesh”, it must therefore refer to all people, not just White people!
Still not convinced? Add this fact: liberals argue that Blacks can’t be racist! Yet, if they really believe Blacks can’t be racist, to whom then do liberals refer when they so frequently accuse people of racism? This thinking can only emerge from the idea that ‘racism’ means ‘White’ racism! Or, how about terms like “White Privilege” or “people of color”, which both rest upon the thinking that only Whites are racist!
I challenge you—next time there is a media conversation on race, especially when liberals are involved, if you listen closely, you will find they move between the liberal definition of racism and the Dictionary.com definition, depending on what benefits them at the moment.
Yet, the liberal idea of changing or adding to word definitions is not limited to the word ‘race’. This liberal practice is now nearly perfected in many areas of public life, which has allowed them to make deception and confusion into an art form!
Actually, this sounds very much like Isaiah 5:20-21:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
*Understanding sin is a theological matter; because racism is a sin, it can only be defined and identified by God’s word.
**Remember the second principle above.
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" – Napoleon Hill