The heart of arrogance has fostered racism that now dangerously infects the world.
When I look back to God’s plan for the human race, I’m filled with sadness for what we have become. Our hearts have become so vicious and control driven that we’ve created laws that dominates and discriminate against people. This isn’t the heart of the One who created ‘oneness’ through the human race.
When God created the human race, he created unity. This implies that racism did not emanate from God and was never in his plan. However, humankind, out of their selfish desires decided to create racism because of their pride. They chose to define human association based on superiority or inferiority and capitalised on humanity dispersion into different circuits to fulfil their selfish aspirations.
God never showed favouritism based on the colour of the skin or language. His favouritism was based more on the hearts and individual purposes. This is Illustrated by the book of Jeremiah 17:10, “the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Additionally, in 1st Samuel 16:7, the Lord told Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Also, when God used the word ‘hated,’ in the book of Romans 9:13, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ He was simply making it the point of the ‘heart.’ What’s conspicuous to God is hidden from humanity. We see looks but God sees hearts and at times, this can seem ambiguous because it’s a battle between the seen and unseen. Yet, throughout the scripture, there was no proof that God focused on appearance. How is it that the one who created humanity and looked over them and said that they were good then turn around and ‘hate’ them. To show us his mind, “He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16. We can see that racism therefore violates God’s plans. God isn’t racist and that’s why we were created from one image and likeness that we can share the same life, thoughts and hearts.
Humankind, in their quest for superiority that reeks of vanity and narcissism decided to create laws designed to be discriminatory. They treat their differences as inferior and politicised them. Aren’t these the very hearts God despise? Don’t they exist in every culture? Their biases are being passed down through generations and infusing people taken on their social consciences. They’re always looking for a platform to show their superiority and find acceptance. Where there is no interest or acceptance for their sentiments, they will become aggressive and try to find an alibi.
Anyone with superiority sentiments do not reflect God. Rather, they’re what the scripture refers to in Ezekiel 28:17, as corrupting “wisdom for the sake of their splendour,” They have said in their hearts that they “will ascend to heaven; and raise their throne above the stars of God,” Isaiah 14:13. Your prejudices therefore seeks the authority due only to God. Your sentiments are in rebellion toward God, and that you should know, hurts God. When you are prejudiced towards people, it simply shows that you don’t know God. For God is love and “whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God – 1 John 4: 7-8.
There is no black or white in God’s scheme, and colour has never been a good representation of his Kingdom. In embracing ‘oneness’ is God’s love more present and His plan visible. Let’s call out systemic racism that promotes colour and slavery. I am sure people do not mind being identified by their own culture, for the beauty of the world is in its cultural and linguistic diversity.
Racism has destroyed lives. A lot of people have suffered injustice or passed away from it – directly or indirectly and this doesn’t resonate well with God. Humanity may choose to follow in God’s path in rejecting everything that goes against the Lord’s minds – Psalm 139:22.