In a recent sermon that I preached on a Sunday morning, I proclaimed from the pulpit that there is only one race. This isn’t the first time I’ve said such a thing. It’s my Biblical worldview that causes me to believe such a claim. I don’t believe in a black race, a white race, an Asian race, or any other types of races. The only race that exist is the human race.
I want to elaborate on what I mean. I think back to creation, again holding a Biblical worldview, I believe that God created all that is in existence. In the beginning of the Earth, God created one man and one woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image: imago Dei (Genesis 1:27). From the reproduction of Adam and Eve comes all the people of the nations. Therefore, we all share the same beginning. Since we all have the same beginning, then we must all be considered to be created equal. No matter the color of our skin, we all are created in the image of God. ALL of us are fearfully and wonderfully made by the creator (Psalm 139:14).
Now I do believe in different ethnicities. An ethnicity is a group of people that share similar social, cultural, and/or national backgrounds. This came about when God scattered the people into different nations (Genesis 11:1-9). We all have a different cultural background that does cause a difference in the way we approach certain situations or problems. We should all respect and celebrate each other’s ethnic background and culture, but there is still only one race, the human race.
Darwinism, evolution as the origin of species, believes that all aren’t created equal and that even some “races” are more evolved than others. If you hold to an evolutionary worldview, then you may be lead to believe that some people are not as important as others. If they are weaker and “less evolved,” then they should die out, a process called natural selection. A Darwinist would not be as concerned about others unless that person will have some type of effect on them. Evolution, as the origin of species, wouldn’t care about racism as it suppresses others and their advances in life.
As a believer in Christ, I hold to the truth that the only cure for racism is the Gospel. The Gospel cures all hate. Those that truly believe in Jesus Christ should never hold hatred toward another person, especially because of the color of someone’s skin. There is no room for racism in the Christian faith and in the Church; we are all created equal by God. The blood that was poured out on the cross to cover my sins is the same blood poured out to cover the sins of the man whose skin differs from mine. I believe, in the bottom of my heart, that one day I will hold hands with men and woman that look nothing like me and together we will stand around the throne of Jesus and worship Him for all eternity (Revelation 7:9-10). We will stand there as one race, the human race, celebrating our Creator and Redeemer.
The video below does a wonderful job to explain this worldview of mine and the science behind why we have different skin colors. The video was done by the people at Answers in Genesis. Check them out!