The Problem Since the beginning of mankind, there has constantly been racial tensions. This tension is rooted in the question,”Is one race better than another?”
Supremacist-This view have been held at one time or another by members of every single race. This view holds that one race is superior to the others, and therefore has the right and ability to suppress the others.
Racial Complementarian- This view holds that all races are equal in worth but that the races have different roles. This view has been criticized to be a Supremacist view in disguise.
Racial Egalitarian-This view holds that every race is equal in worth and in ability. Each race is capable of education, political rule, and salvation.
II. Sources of Authority
A. Scriptural Teaching
Rom 10:12 NASU
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
Col 3:11 NASU
a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all
Rev 7:9 NASU
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
Acts 2:17 NASU
‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND;
B. Helpful Quotes
Aristides the Philosopher
For it is clear to us, O King, that there are three classes of men in this world; these being the worshippers of the gods acknowledged among you, and Jews, and Christians. Further they who pay homage to many gods are themselves divided into three classes, Chaldæans namely, and Greeks, and Egyptians; for these have been guides and preceptors to the rest of the nations in the service and worship of these many-titled deities.
Now Paul assumes it as an axiom which is received among all the pious….that the whole human race is obnoxious to a curse, and therefore that the holy people are blessed only through the grace of the Mediator…I therefore thus interpret the present place; that God promises to his servant Abram that blessing which shall afterwards flow down to all people. (mb-soft.com/believe/txs/calvine.htm)
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers to the Sesquicentennial meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20-22, 1995, unwaveringly denounce racism, in all its forms, as deplorable sin; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we affirm the Bibles teaching that every human life is sacred, and is of equal and immeasurable worth, made in Gods image, regardless of race or ethnicity (Genesis 1:27), and that, with respect to salvation through Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for (we) are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28); and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery from which we continue to reap a bitter harvest, and we recognize that the racism which yet plagues our culture today is inextricably tied to the past; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we apologize to all African-Americans for condoning and/or perpetuating individual and systemic racism in our lifetime; and we genuinely repent of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously (Psalm 19:13) or unconsciously (Leviticus 4:27); and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we ask forgiveness from our African-American brothers and sisters, acknowledging that our own healing is at stake; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we hereby commit ourselves to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to be doers of the Word (James 1:22) by pursuing racial reconciliation in all our relationships, especially with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:6), to the end that our light would so shine before others, that they may see (our) good works and glorify (our) Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16); and
Be it finally RESOLVED, That we pledge our commitment to the Great Commission task of making disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19), confessing that in the church God is calling together one people from every tribe and nation (Revelation 5:9), and proclaiming that the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the only certain and sufficient ground upon which redeemed persons will stand together in restored family union as joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
While in Scripture God did use certain races for certain things, I feel in light of the whole counsel of Scripture that God Is the God of all mankind insomuch as he will treat all races equally, and therefore believers should as well.