Racism is NOT Christian!

In a day when I had high hopes that another racist group would not rise up and disgrace the name of Jesus, another one did just that. For those who may be thinking that Christianity promotes racism, it does not. Some who call themselves Christians may try to justify their sinful attitude toward another race and may call racism Christian, but neither the Bible nor the Lord Jesus Christ EVER condoned racism.

Racism is not just geared toward one race. I primarily see it against African-Americans and Hispanics, but it has been directed toward other races. I have been told that children who are of mixed races are often unaccepted by both races. This attitude is sickening. I remember growing up and hearing different people try to twist the Bible to speak against interracial marriages. There is NO Scripture that speaks against it! I know I live in the South and will more than likely be highly criticized for writing this, but the truth is the truth! 

It is high time that the walls that racially divide us come down. Those who have trusted in Jesus Christ will one day all be gathered together in Heaven and will consist of every tribe and tongue. So why does the Sunday morning worship hour have to be the most segregated time during the week? It doesn’t! I pray daily that God uses our little gathering of believers in Walhalla, SC to break down the racial divide. I’m tired of seeing a sea of one color when I see worship gatherings. I’m ready for the people I pastor to look like a mixed bag of candy. 

For the record, I want to clarify that racism is sin. God is dishonored by it because He created every human being in His image. God does not discriminate on how a person was conceived, treating someone who was conceived from a one-night stand as less of a person than one who was conceived within marriage. Each person is created by God, and God seeks a relationship with each one.

How do we deal with this problem? With love! We don’t need to form a group to rise up against a racist hate group. Hate is not overcome by hate. Scripture says to overcome evil with good. So let’s pray against this wickedness and go spread the love of Jesus to all, especially those who do not look like us.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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