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“Christians” and Racism


In 1816, George Bourne, a Presbyterian minister in Virginia, wrote a pamphlet entitled, “The Horrors of Slavery.”

He wrote:

“Every man who holds Slaves and who pretends to be a Christian is either an incurable Idiot who cannot distinguish good from evil, or an obdurate sinner who resolutely defies every social, moral, and divine requisition.”

For his honesty, Bourne was defrocked and chased out of Virginia.

I have no way to know Bourne’s views on racism in general but no one can honestly be a Christian and hold racist views against any group of people. Sadly, racist attitudes against people of Arab or Middle-Eastern heritage are accepted by far too many Christians.

Racism is pure sin and Satan delights in it. His lies have led countless souls to hell with racism (John 8:44).

God is love and we must live the same way (1 John 4:7-21; 5:1-3; Galatians 2:11-21). Racism is an abomination because all people are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

God will not judge us on our skin color or ethnic heritage (Revelation 20:11-15), so we have no right to do so. Jews and Gentiles have been brought together into the Church and racial divisions do not exist in Christ (Ephesians 2:14-18).

Will we love as God commands or will we join Satan and hate?



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4 thoughts on ““Christians” and Racism

  1. Debbie Vanderpool Reitz on said:

    This issue of racism is eating our nation alive. Until we can all acknowledge that we have had a hand in helping get ourselves to this horrible place, we will never begin to solve this issue. It should not be an issue among Christians. We are called to love not division and hatred! We are commanded to do unto others as we would have done to us. Now, if we practice this precept, we will treat others the way we WANT to be treated. Wow, some people really do not want to be treated well, by the look of things! Great article from the heart. I have known Christians who have been segregationists. I never understood why. I still do not get the color gap. I do not think I ever will understand it.

  2. Made many phone calls while working construction to find out where the nearest congregation was to the jobsite or hotel. More than a couple of times I was told which was closest followed up with “…but thats a black congregation”. Never once did I talk to or show up at any congregation to be told where the “White Congregation” was even though I was the minority there.

    “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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