Is God Racist?

by
Dave Miller, Ph.D.

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A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda.
What, specifically, is PC? A working definition would be the belief that we should avoid language and actions that could be offensive to others, especially those relating to gender and race. For example, the word “fireman” is considered to be a “sexist” term that slights women; the politically correct term would be “firefighter.” Those who embrace PC seek to avoid any forms of expression or action that might be perceived to “exclude,” “marginalize,” or insult any group that is deemed “socially disadvantaged” or discriminated against. Hence, the PC advocate constantly uses terms like “inclusion,” “tolerance,” and “multiculturalism.”
Observe that the term “offensive” refers to the subjective feelings of the individual who deems the term to be hurtful. This definition implies that no objective standard exists by which all conduct, language, and behavior are to be measured. However, the fact is that if there is a God, and He is the God described on the pages of the Bible, then the only standard by which human conduct may be measured and evaluated legitimately is by the Word of God and the Christian moral framework depicted within its pages. If there is no objective, higher standard that transcends human opinions and to which all humans are amenable, then who is to say what is politically correct? Who can authoritatively define “compassion” and “offensive”? Suddenly, all of society is thrown into a confused hodge-podge of conflicting views on proper speech and behavior. Each person becomes a law unto himself and what offends one person is deemed by another as appropriate and valid.
Hence, PC is driven by two foundational presuppositions: (1) since no absolute truth exists, every person’s views are to be considered as equally valid and steps should be taken to facilitate his views and silence all those who disagree; and (2) the beliefs, values, and moral precepts of Christianity are to be rejected and aggressively opposed. This latter assumption explains why the PC people are so accommodating to the encroachment of Islam into American institutions (though Islam is categorically opposed to PC and those who promote it). It also accounts for the open and widespread hostility that exists in the media, Hollywood, and among liberal politicians against Christian morality. Even as Amos described his contemporaries in their quest to silence his righteous pleadings: “They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.” (Amos 5:10). In their campaign to banish “hate speech,” the PC proponent is hypocritically guilty of the same. The solution? “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9).
The irrationality of the PC crowd is on display in their frenzied efforts to silence candidates and their supporters who say anything that conflicts with the PC agenda. The expression of any Christian belief that labels certain human behaviors as immoral or sinful is deemed “hate speech” and “racist.” Even otherwise clear-thinking Christians can be caught up in the societal propaganda that redefines critical Bible concepts, twisting them to the service of PC, including “love,” “grace,” “hate,” and “racism.” Even if a Christian possesses deep love and concern for a person overtaken in the sin of homosexuality, or the gender confusion associated with transgenderism, merely to speak against the behavior and suggest homosexual acts to be immoral, sinful, and evil is to invite accusations of “hate” and “intolerance.” Sadly, such sentiments demonstrate the extent to which American civilization and the church itself have lost touch with Almighty God.
After all, under the Law of Moses (authored by God Himself), God required the death penalty for same-sex relations: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.” (Leviticus 18:22,28, emp. added). Question: When God identified a particular human behavior as “an abomination” that would cause the land to expel its practitioners, was He guilty of “hate speech” and being “racist”?
Two chapters later, God again declared His view of homosexuality: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination:their blood shall be upon them.
Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.
And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
(Leviticus 20:13,22-23, emp. added)
Question: When God stated that he abhorred those who engage in same-sex relations, was He guilty of “hate speech” and being “racist”?
The psalmist called upon righteous people to possess the appropriate level of disdain for that which God defines as “evil”: “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:…” (Psalm 97:10). Solomon taught the same concept: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:…” (Proverbs 8:13). The prophet Amos articulated the same sentiment: “Hate the evil, and love the good” (Amos 5:15). The Bible clearly teaches that Christians are not to hate anyone (e.g., Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:27-36). Question: When God issued these divine admonitions to hate specific actions committed by humans, was He guilty of “hate speech” and “racism”?
Have Americans, and even Christians, become so accustomed to the moral filth that is rampant across the nation that they no longer blush or possess the same revulsion that God Himself possesses? (Jeremiah 6:15; 8:12). Can we no longer identify with the psalmist when he said: “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.” (Psalm 119:163, emp. added)? The words of Proverbs 24:24-25 are extremely apropos: “He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
Rather than being caught up in the PC atmosphere of our day, Christians would do well to breathe in the Spirit of God by adopting the disposition, attitude, and thinking of Him who sits upon the throne: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8). Such forthright expressions arise from the very nature and character of deity. We would do well to adopt the same perspective, and approach our current moral and spiritual confusion with a firm reliance on the example of God. Indeed, Americans desperately need to reacquaint themselves with the God of the Bible. Failure to do so will inevitably result in national crisis and reproach — “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
(Proverbs 14:34).

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10 thoughts on “Is God Racist?

  1. I am as liberal as they come and I tell you that even I find the PC Policing to be horrid. You cannot say anything. Humor is dying a slow death. I obviously believe there is a need to silence profoundly offensive terminology, but simple silence won’t cut it. People need to calmly explain why something isn’t okay to say publicly. Mere silencing and/or a barrage of insults resulting from offended ears is uncomfortably close to blatant hypocrisy. If you care about fairness and equality and you want to show off the new terminology you learned at your *cis-gendered* book-club, don’t shame someone into oblivion for an offense that quite likely wasn’t intended… and if it was intended, ha, be politically correct with your retaliation. Your delicate little offended feelings don’t give you a free pass to socially annihilate someone. People don’t choose to stand on the wrong side of history, and the only chance to recruit them to the “right” side is to calmly articulate your perspective. Perspective is the key word in damn near every thing. It isn’t always easy to be mindful of your limited viewpoints. It’s a constant struggle for me. Everything I just said is a struggle for me, man. It’s easy to rattle off practical advice, but the moment emotion enters the equation … boooooooooom.

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  2. I believe that there are humans….of different colors, also there are those who are not human but look human. If we really look at genetic characteristics of certain groups you will see many differences….I believe it was God’s original purpose to not mix races together. People were to remain in their borders, their coasts…etc. And in a nutshell, all are not of God, regardless of color…only those who have His Spirit living in them are His (Rom. 8:9). So, other than skin color…yes, God has a preference…..Ye must be born again,….otherwise you are none of His; and a day is coming where the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats. Sadly in the USA, people of color seem (according to statistics) to be more apt for doing evil. Further, it also seems (according to stats) that people of “color” seem to take on evil spirits more so than those of lighter skin. Racism is a worldly word, and is nothing more than a tool for division. Albeit, there should be division among us, for not all of us are on the same page. And, one las thing, even God hates (Rom. 9:13) and there are many other things which God hates (Including sin). It’s ok to hate…bottom line is love the things God loves, hate the things God hates. Simple.

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      1. Yes He does.
        Proverbs 6:16-19
        These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
        A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
        An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
        A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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        1. Thanks for answering! And if you are up for it… perhaps you feel like answering another question, or rather, a potential abyss of curiosities from your long-distance new friend? Do you agree with your God absolutely? Or within you are certain sins ranked in a hierarchy of evil? If you do agree, have you always? Was there ever a struggle, a raised-eyebrow, anything of the sort – when introduced to the concept of all sins being equal in severity/punishment/ability-of-forgiveness ? Do you find there to be a grey area at all? Maybe they are all equal in God’s eyes but the heinousness of some make you wonder if that particular sinner should have to work harder (pray longer?) to be forgiven? Is there anything at all that you almost think is damn near unforgivable? Would guilt haunt you to say such a thing out loud … as if you are believing beliefs contrary to your God? Would your heart hurt if someone close to you, a strong believer, expressed such things to you? Not anger you, but hurt you… Are you just so encompassed with trust, faith, and comfort in God that it is and always has been easy to accept God hating all sins equally, like, I don’t know, like you do not feel as if… So…. alright, here is what fries my brain when thinking about this: There is a person who steals a candy bar and eats it without feeling guilty, and there is a person who brutally violates an innocent creature, tortures them, irreparably damages them – how are those two things equally repulsive to God, in your opinion? These are such personal questions that I am completely asking you as if I am in your trusted social circle, and I apologize if this is offensive in any way or is merely inducing eye-rolls because it’s not a rare inquiry, but you have made me feel welcome here. As a non-believer, there are not many people whose answers I would want to hear for fear of a scathing debate, high blood-pressure, etc, but I value the diversity your blogs bring into the feed of insights I follow. I do not desire a debate, as I am just genuinely curious if you agree with the equal hatred of all sins and if you felt inclined to elaborate at all. If not, right on, right on. If so, I am eager to read your answer.

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          1. Hey buddyette! Feel free to ask, I don’t mind. Why do you say “your God”? There is only one.
            Let me answer your comments with a question: what IS sin? The answer is found in God’s Word. 1 John 3:4
            “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: *for sin is the transgression of the law.”

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          2. To answer the other question, I guess because it doesn’t come naturally to me to say it… I catch myself saying, “your God,” and try not to because it has a certain tone BUT sometimes doing so is applicable because there are a few different versions of God that people I know believe in, you know?

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