Truth About Racism – Revelation 7:9-17
Anyone who reads and believes the Bible knows that racism can never be a part of our Christian lives. In the account of creation we read: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV) If you examine the world and search every people group– from Iran to New Zealand, from South Africa to Ireland, anywhere and everywhere, looking into the eyes of every person– you will see the personhood of God.
Throughout scripture we see how God views people, and this is especially evident in the New Testament in the way Jesus loves. A great example of this love is seen with Jesus and his interaction with the woman at the well. By all accounts he should not have talked with her; she should not have approached him. First, he is a man, and she is a woman. In their culture it would not have been appropriate for them to speak to each other. He is a Jew, and she a Samaritan, and The Jews and Samaritans have hated each other for centuries. He is the Son of God, and she is a woman who has been married many times and now lives with a man who isn’t her husband. Despite all this, Jesus in a shocking way approaches her and offers her something she doesn’t even know she needs: true love, forgiveness, and grace.
1 John 3:11 says, “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” This is one thing I love about scripture: it is clear and it is honest. It doesn’t say to love those of our own culture, our own social status, or our own political beliefs. It says to love without prejudice and with equality! A little later John writes these instructions, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Jesus again sets the great example of this love by putting it into action on the Cross. This is the greatest example of love ever known. John 3:16 says, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.”
The love of God for ALL peoples comes to fruition in Revelation 7:10, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
God loves every person, and with the evidence of Scripture, we are to do the same!