A lot has been in the news about this broad and yet frightening issue. Recently portrayed was the banning of people from a political rally not just because of their protesting but also because of their skin color and/or religion. This same candidate has blatantly and need I stress it, PROUDLY, spoken out against a number of ethnic groups.
Additionally, in a recent Supreme Court decision, it was ultimately decided that certain voting provisions were no longer necessary because racism was no longer an issue. Soon after this decision a number of states; primarily southern with large poor and minority populations, enacted voter ID laws that disenfranchised a number of voters because of “voter fraud”. If you want to see how much fraud is going on, go ahead and google “voter fraud statistics”.
Our Constitution specifically prohibits discrimination and specifically states No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. To my mind voting is a right of every citizen.
So, what does Scripture say about it? John’s vision of “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” standing before God and singing His praise (Rev. 5:9) gives us assurance that in the end, we will all experience full equality.
In the ancient world race was not an issue. People were identified by family, tribal, city, national, ethnic, or religious ties.
Shepherds (who were typically Semitic) were an abomination to the (non-Semitic) Egyptians (Gen. 46:34). When the Jews lived outside Palestine, racial differences became more significant (Esther 3:1–6; cf. Luke 4:25–28). Paul reports an accepted Greek maxim stigmatizing the Cretans as always being “liars, evil beasts, slow bellies” (Titus 1:12–13; “lazy gluttons” NIV). Because there is no racial distinction in Christ (Gal. 3:28–29; Eph. 2:19), the church was able to spread rapidly to the Gentile world to encompass persons of all races. Divisions and prejudice based on race are unacceptable for Christians.
Paul argued against bigotry (Paul’s Argument against: Rom. 3:1–23; Rom. 4:1–16, 23–25 )
And consider this Jesus followers:
- Acts 17:26: “He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”
- Deuteronomy 10:19: “Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
- Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
One of my favorite fun stories in the Old Testament is about Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ siblings being upset because Moses had married a Cushite woman. Cush, today, is most often identified with Ethiopia and the inference from Scripture is that she was black. So guess what the Lord did: When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. ( Num. 12:10 ) The effect of this was that Miriam was now a pariah, separated from the rest of the people.
In the New Testament is Jesus’ parable of “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25–37) . Hatred between Jews and Samaritans was fierce and long-standing. It dated to the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 b.c,. Knowing that, this parable is even more meaningful when it comes to discrimination. (see John 4:9 –woman at the well). Jesus told this parable after being asked “…and who is my neighbor” –Luke 10:29. Right before that He had been asked by a lawyer who was messing with Him “How do I gain eternal life”. Jesus had asked him what the law said… and after stating that after loving God was loving one’s neighbor. But go ahead and read it for yourself.
Lastly, for this post (I could go on for days!) James talks about how favoritism is forbidden. (James 2:4) . James goes on to say “ If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. (James 2:8-10)
I think you get what I’m saying now, right? If you are one who identifies with our Lord JESUS, call yourself “evangelical” or “born again” and yet consider candidates who discriminate or associate themselves with people and organizations that do, you might want to go into your prayer closet and talk to God some more!
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For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten SON that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life! -John 3:16 .
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