For years we look at civil right leaders and politicians to pass laws and new policies to address and resolve the painful issue of racism. The civil right movement was powerful enough to influence the politicians in our nation and force them to change laws, implement policies, establish rights, expand opportunities and fight for equality. They have indeed done a remarkable job! However, it is evident that racism continues to be a very sensitive topic in this country, judging by the reaction that insensitive racial comments provoke in our society.
On August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered what is consider by many, the most powerful and beautiful speech in the history of the United States, the “I Have a Dream Speech”. As I prepare for this article, I decided to listen to Dr. King’s famous speech once again. I went online searching for this video and found many. I also found a disturbing note attached to one of these videos that reads: “Comments disabled since many of them were hateful and racist…” “Where did the dream go? Are we fighting an uphill battle? Would that dream ever become a reality?”
Today, I am challenging the “Church” in America (Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Jews, etc.) to take a deeper look at these issues and to refuse to fall into what has become The Lucrative Business of Civil Rights. Many are hiding behind the attractive platforms of the outer shell fight against racism to display their hate for America with fancy words in the form of dynamic speeches. They have personal agendas that have nothing to do with the teachings of Dr. King. They are false prophets carrying empty ecumenical titles to legitimize the venom of what they are standing for. Sadly, people are becoming members of churches all across America supporting this ungodly and unbiblical movement where hating and cursing America is acceptable and applauded under a shadow of a Gospel that is nowhere to be found in the Bible.
It is understandable for the secular world to address these issues in this matter. However, we, God’s people, must look at the issue of racism from a Biblical prospective. Not one policy, not one law against racial discrimination is able to change the human heart. We must also point out that, #1. Racism is a sin and #2. Racism is not exclusively an American abnormality. The website “allaboutpopularIssues.org” tell us: “Racism world-wide is manifested in every continent.”
Not only that racism is manifested all over the world, racism was also one of the first issues found in the primitive church. (Galatians 2:11-14) Paul called this behavior “Hypocrisy”. If you are the pastor of a church in America and the majority of your people look like you or like each other and you are not making any efforts to promote the unity of the Body of Christ, you are carrying on the banner of that same hypocrisy. There is no Biblical room for segregation in the church.
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Col 3:11)
While among the Christian community there is no room for racism, the reality is that racism will intensify in the world; it is part of the end time social reality. Jesus said in Matthew 24:7
“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…”
The word “nation” comes from the Greek word “ethnos.” It is from where we get the word “ethnic” which can be defined as, “Relating to a group or groups in society with distinctive cultural traits.” What Jesus is telling us in Mathew 24:7 is that an ethnic group will rise against another. We may ask, is Dr. King’s dream hopeless? It is clear, according to Scripture, that for the world it is. We will see more hate manifesting among ethnic groups, not only in America, but around the world as we approach the last days. However, among God’s people; God’s holy nation; the dream lives and will come to pass by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the force of willing vessels and hearts. The world will finally be able to see that we are disciples of Christ by our color blind love for one another.
Martin Luther King documentary:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJOV-rUPGCE