What would Jesus blog for International Blog Against Racism Week?
August 6-12 is International Blog Against Racism Week.
Racism is a serious issue for the Christian church especially in America. I’ve attended churches in the past where racist jokes were a part of the everyday conversation of many of the parishioners.
My wife grew up in a pentecostal church (Assemblies of God) in South St. Louis. After we were engaged, her pastor’s wife pulled her aside and told her that God did not approve of inter-racial marriages (I’m of East-Indian descent). She quoted a few Old Testament scriptures to support her point. At our wedding, several of the families from her church did not attend because they did not support our marriage. This even included the family who was instrumental in getting Stella and her family to church when she was a little girl.
Again, I should point out that the Bible was used as a justification for their racism. Yes, a majority of the scriptures were found in the Old Testament. However, even Jesus demonstrated bigotry as evident in this passage:
Matthew 15:22-28 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
If this is how Jesus feels about other races, I’m not sure he’d be a welcome participant in this week’s blog event.
- The de-Convert