“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” – Jesus
Many countless lives have been destroyed or hurt because of racism throughout the history of mankind. Satan and his host of demons used racism to fuel the Nazi Germans to commit gross atrocities against those who weren’t “Aryans.” I have even seen racism, whether underhanded or blatant, even come from some professing Christians, which is disheartening. Any hatred or contempt for any group of people because of the person’s skin color is not of God. To do so is in violation of the 2nd greatest commandment, which is to love our neighbors.
In fact, the whole of the law can be summed up by loving others:
While the natural man may see skin color, God looks at people differently. He sees the heart. The Bible reads in 1 Sam. 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
Unlike the average person, who has a tendency to judge by appearance, God judges justly (John 7:24). Nor does God show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), as man has a tendency to do. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.”
Since we are commanded to be like God, thus we ought to also not judge by appearance, and show partiality or favoritism (1 Corinthians 11:1).
The Lord Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His people, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image.
Indeed, from the Australian aborigine to the Inuits near the North Pole, to the Africans in the deepest jungle in the heart of the Congo, all are human beings equally made in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27).
Ethnocentrism and racial superiority are built on pride, and pride is an abomination to the living God (Prov. 16:5). In fact, it was pride that Lucifer rebelled against God in the first place (Isaiah 14:13). Satan has had men follow in pride from the beginning (Gen. 3:4).
One example of loving our neighbor who is considered to be “other” is found in the following illustration by Jesus:
“29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.” – Luke 10:29-37
If you didn’t know, Samaritans weren’t considered fully Jews to the Jews because they intermarried with non-Jews. Moreover, the Samaritans worshiped differently than the Jews, so they didn’t intermingle much. In a sense, they were of a different “race” than the Jews. But Jesus didn’t see them as “other,” He preached the Gospel to them (John 4:6-26).
If you are a child of God born of the Holy Spirit, then there should no division among other Christians:
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.“ – Colossians 3:11
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.“ – Romans 10:12
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.“ – 1 Corinthians 12:13
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.“ – Gal. 3:28
Assuming those in heaven will not have the same skin color as they had on earth, there will be many “races” there:
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:9-10
Now, if a person has a hatred for a group of people especially based on their “race”, something a person has no control over, such a person is in danger of hellfire.
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:15
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” – Matt. 5:21-22
“But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” – 1 John 2:11
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins, just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”