The Biblical view of Racism compared to the 50s & 60s view of Racism, compared to the present day view of Racism?
The Bible teaches that all humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and are, therefore, equal in dignity and worth. Racism, the belief that certain races are superior or inferior to others, goes against this Biblical principle of equality and is thus condemned by the Bible. The Bible tells us that God does not show partiality or favoritism based on race or ethnicity (Acts 10:34-35).
Furthermore, the Bible teaches that love for our neighbor is one of the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:39) and that we should treat others as we would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12). This includes treating people of all races with respect, dignity, and fairness.
In the 50s and 60s, the definition of Racism was focused on overt and intentional acts of discrimination against individuals based on race or ethnicity. This included segregation, Jim Crow laws, and other institutionalized Racism. However, as time has passed, the definition of Racism has expanded to include more subtle and systemic forms of discrimination, such as unconscious bias, microaggressions, and unequal access to opportunities and resources.
Today, the definition of Racism encompasses not only intentional acts of discrimination but also unconscious biases and systemic structures perpetuating inequality and injustice. This broader understanding of Racism has led to a greater awareness of how Racism operates in society and a call for systemic change to address it.
Overall, the Biblical view of Racism is one of equality and love for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. While the definition of Racism has evolved, the Biblical principles that condemn discrimination and call for love and respect for all people remain unchanged.
Hebrews 13:8-10 (J.B. Phillips New Testament):
Jesus Christ is always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be swept off your feet by various peculiar teachings. Spiritual stability depends on the grace of God and not on rules of diet—which after all, have not spiritually benefited those who have made a specialty of that kind of thing. We have an altar from which those who still serve the Tabernacle have no right to eat.