by Shaun Willcock
“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:9,10).
What Is “Racism”?
“Racism” is broadly defined as: 1) the belief that one’s own race is superior to another’s, and 2) harming someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
In short: “racism” is defined as what one believes about those of another race, and how one acts towards those of another race.
I will be using the word “race”, even though a far better term is “people group”. For in truth, there is only one “race”: the human race. God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). All human beings are descendants of the same parents, Adam and Eve. But I will be using the word “race”, because the subject is that of “racism”, and this just makes it easier.
Is “Racism” a Sin, and Should It Be a Crime?
Multitudes of professing Christians, today, believe that “racism” is a sin. But is this actually so?
It is vital that Christians have a biblical answer to this question. For in today’s world, accusations of “racism” are bandied about everywhere. It has become one of the most odious things a person may be called. To be considered guilty of “racism” is to be guilty, in the eyes of multitudes, of one of the greatest sins and one of the worst crimes imaginable.
But the Bible nowhere speaks of a sin called “racism”! You will search in vain for this word in the Bible, or (accepting that the word was not in use at the time the King James Version was translated) for any word equivalent in meaning to the word, “racism”.
So then: if the Bible does not mention it at all – and only God can define what is sinful – is it a manufactured “sin”? A man-made “sin”, which is then not a true sin?