As Bible-believing Christians, how are we to harmonize with Scriptures all that has happened and is happening with the George Floyd tragedy? When emotions run high, in the heat of passion, we sometimes jump to unfounded conclusions and say and do things that we ought not to. Before I go on any further, let me make three affirmative statements. I only do this because there are people who will cherry pick certain things in this blog and take it out of context to attack me for not saying something or for saying something.
As Bible-believing Christians, we should affirm these three things:
1. police brutality committed by individual police officers of any race against individuals of any race is wrong
2. looting, vandalism, arson and physical violence committed by individuals of any race against individuals of any race is wrong
3. accusing those who don’t agree with your views on this matter as racist, bigots, un-empathetic, not woke, and etc is wrong
First of all race must be understood from the Bible and not from popular culture. Factually speaking, there is no such thing as different human races because there is only one human race. According to the biblical account, human beings artificially identified as whites, blacks, brown, yellows, reds, etc are all descendants of our first parents Adam and Eve. Humans share the same human gene pool. More importantly, every human beings are made in the image of God (imago dei). Because humans are made in God’s image, every human beings have an intrinsic worth and value that comes from God. Therefore, racism (as popularly understood today) is a sin. Make no mistake about it, racism is a sin and there is no excuse for it. It is devaluing and mistreating another human being made in God’s image.
Second, resist the urge to broadly paint a certain race or groups as racist or whatever. Right now, the bandwagon chic thing to do is to affirm the idea that white people are racists and police officers commit police brutality. When you combine the two, it comes out as white police officers are racists who commit police brutality. This is simply not true. We ought not think that asians are __________ or blacks are __________ or hispanics are __________ or whites are __________ or arabs are __________, you fill in the blanks. We also ought not think that police officers are __________ or white police officers are __________. This type of stereotyping is the very thing that the George Floyd triggered protesters are opposed to when applied to one group of people but freely apply to another group of people. Resist the urge to broadly demonize an entire group based on the actions of some individuals. It’s just not fair to the majority of people in the group.
Third, before you support any movements and/or groups, do your research to make sure you clearly understand what it/they stand for. Ask some basic questions like, how does this movement and/or group supports or opposes biblical values? Don’t worry about the politics of the issues but focus on how that issues should be understood from a biblical worldview. Also, understand that things get conflated when a movement supports many things. When you support a movement, you really don’t get to pick and choose what you support, but end up unintentionally endorsing the whole message. Planned Parenthood claims to provide non-abortive women’s health care services while also aborting millions of innocent babies. For that reason, Bible-believing Christians should not support Planned Parenthood. It would be a travesty for Bible-believing Christians to indirectly support Planned Parenthood’s clinical murder of unborn human beings. In the end, we either support or not support the whole thing.
Fourth, the one broad true statement that Bible-believing Christians must affirm is that “all are sinners” and “there’s none righteous, not even one.” Because human beings are sinners, racism is prevalent in the entire race of humans. As Asian Americans living in this wonderful nation, we are a super minority. According to the most recent US Census Bureau report, Asians make up approximately 5.63% of the total US populations (18,415,198 out of 327,167,439). As a super minority, Asians regularly experience racism and discrimination from other races and even from one another. That being said, we ought to acknowledge that Asians also have our own issues with racism and discrimination. What I’m about to say in the following sentences DOES NOT APPLY to certain ethnic congregations who predominantly speak a language other than English. Having said that, many English-speaking churches raise artificial barriers based on race. Just consider how we broadly categorize English-speaking churches as white, black, hispanic, and asian churches. Furthermore, why do English-speaking so called asian churches, name our churches with discriminatory qualifying terms like Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Asian etc? It’s not blatant racism, but it is undeniable that there are racial overtones in those names. Our Lord Jesus Christ being a Jew would be excluded from some of these churches. As Bible-believing English-speaking churches, we should be open to all races with both words and actions. Just because we are labeled as minorities does not mean we are innocent of racism and discrimination. If you have never had a racist thought or made a racist comment under your breath, then please pick up a stone and cast it at the rest of us. Before we hastily condemn others, we should look at ourselves first. Jesus said in Matthew 7:3–5, 3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Fifth, remind yourself that the Gospel is the only hope for society. The Gospel movement is the only solution for our problems. Christians must focus on the deeper underlying human problem rather than the various symptoms such as racism. Many talk about racial reconciliation and healing. The many proposed solutions to racism deal with the issue at a superficial level. Even if we can put in place stronger laws to regulate racist behaviors, people will still be a racist inside. You can somewhat regulate behaviors with laws, but man-made laws cannot regulate the heart of a man. The Bible teaches us that sin is a human heart problem. Racism is a human heart problem. Human beings are racists because our hearts are corrupt. Racism is a condition of the heart that manifests in speech and behavior. To get to the root of the problem, a heart change is not enough but a heart transplant is needed. We need a new heart so that we can love all people as God loves all people. The Gospel is the only answer to racism and all sin problems. Ezekiel 36:26 states, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” When people come to believe in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior and Lord, they get this new heart that gives them the supernatural ability to grow in their love for all people as God loves all people.
Brothers and sisters, the only hope for our society is the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 2:9–10, 9 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” In Christ, there is only one race. Bible-believing Christians can contribute to the race discussions by sharing the Gospel with everyone so that the different races become A CHOSEN RACE in Christ. Get the word out and share the unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ with people around you. We need more Gospel justice so that everyone equally gets to hear the Good News that Jesus Christ died for their sins. As a church, the Great Commission is our ultimate mission given to us by our LORD Jesus Christ.