Only Love Can Drive Out Hate

DemariBy Demari James Thompson

I want to tell you all a story. When I was 16 years old, my mother dropped me off at a rehearsal early. So early that no one else was there yet and the building was locked. So I sat outside, put my stuff down shake the officers hand and say, “hello officer”. The cops entire body shifted from defensive to calm. He smiled and shook my hand. He then informed me that Someone had called the police saying there was a young black man loitering and acting strange infront of her workplace and she was scared.

Unbeknownst to me, there was a janitor inside cleaning. A little white lady. She was the one who called the police. After I explained to the officer what I was doing there and pointed to my picture on the wall through the window to help prove my story and directed his attention to my shirt which had the name of said theatre on it, he then knocked on the window and asked the lady to come out. She did. Once the officer and I explained the situation, she apologized and gave me a hug. The office shook both of our hands and went on with his day. The lady even allowed me to wait inside with her so that I would not be in the heat.

This entire situation could have ended very badly had I gotten defensive when seeing the cop approach me, but instead, I chose to show him the respect he deserved.
Racism is real, but we can’t fight it with violence and riots. We fight it with education, love, respect, and Kindness.

“Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that!” -MLK

Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil

richardphillips-03Pastor Rick Phillips has written a short piece entitled “Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil.” It is well worth the read.

Last evening I was greatly blessed, together with many members of the congregation I serve, to participate in a prayer vigil for the nine victims of the racist attack on Emmanuel AME in Charleston. The service was held at Allen Temple AME Church about a half mile from our church in Greenville, SC. I hope and believe that our presence played a positive role in ministering to our aggrieved fellow Christians. I know that we were spiritually uplifted and encouraged both by our reception and by the service itself. Nothing that happened in this service surprised me, since I have long held a high opinion of the spiritual vitality of gospel-centered black churches. But it occurred to me that others may not have had many experiences of this kind, and that readers might be informed and encouraged by the following reflections:

1. The importance and value of crossing boundaries that separate Christians from one another. I have not had much interaction with AME churches and my many connections with African American Christians are mainly limited to those who share my commitment to Reformed theology. I live in a part of the South in which blacks and whites generally get along but seldom interact, in part because of the distrust that African Americans have with good reason developed towards whites. Sincere invitations to the African American community to attend our events have met little success, which has taught me that the burden is on white Christians to reach out personally across the racial divide. Our attendance at the AME prayer vigil thus resulted from my driving over to their church on Friday morning to personally express love and sympathy and to inform them of our prayers. The result was a warm, brotherly conversation with a pastor from the AME church, who expressed his thanks and offered to call me to confirm the prayer vigil’s timing. I had missed a service the previous day – the morning after the murders – which had been terminated by an anonymous bomb threat. Lamentable as that was, it did provide me with an opportunity to attend the rescheduled event last night. I came, along with some members of our church, simply to join in worship and prayer. What I did not expect was an invitation for me to speak and pray at the service. What a blessing and reward I received for the simple act of personally driving over to extend Christian love, and how eager my fellow believers were to receive it! Continue reading

Only One Race

black-white-twinsKen Ham of Answers in Genesis “what ‘black and white twins’ can teach us about race: it’s not real” and “they’re fascinating because they highlight just how flimsy and open to interpretation the racial categories we use in the US and around the world are.” There’s only one race, the human race.

Another interesting story that has resurfaced is about a young family that also had twin girls. One is dark and the other is light. Then the family had twin girls a second time, and again, one is dark and one is light!

There’s Only One Race!
These two stories aren’t unique either. As we’ve pointed out before, there are other examples of families having twins with different skin shades. These families illustrate that we really are only one race. Now, evolutionary ideas about the past predicted that there would be different races as different groups evolved at different times. Evolution is inherently a racist philosophy. See “Did Darwin Promote Racism?”

However, according to the Bible’s history, there’s no such thing as different races. Acts 17:26 says, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth.” When we go back to Genesis we see that everyone is a descendant of Adam and Eve. That’s why we can all be saved by the last Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45). In a biblical worldview, there’s no room for racism or racist attitudes. All humans are equal before God—all are sinners—and all need the free gift of salvation.

Why Do We Look Different?
So why do we look so different? Well, according to the Bible’s history, after the global Flood of Noah’s day, God commanded Noah and his descendants, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). But instead of filling the earth, mankind rebelled against God at the Tower of Babel. God judged their disobedience by confusing their languages. This forced mankind to spread out and fill the earth. As groups became genetically isolated from one another by language and geographic barriers, certain features, such as eye shape or skin shade, became prominent in different groups. Such differences just reflect the enormous genetic variability God built into the human kind. Babel explains why there are different people groups with distinct differences.

The evolutionary and biblical worldview both make very different predictions about the nature of mankind. Evolution predicted there would be many races; the Bible makes it clear there’s only one. And observational science confirms the history of the Bible—not evolutionary ideas about the past! Not only do we see examples like these twins that show that skin shade is only a result of inbuilt genetic variability, but when geneticists mapped the human genome in 2000 it was reported that “the researchers had unanimously declared there is only one race—the human race.” Science confirms God’s Word, not evolutionary ideas about the past, because God’s Word is true from the very beginning because it was written by the God (2 Timothy 3:16) who was there and who never lies (Titus 1:2).

Is It Really Black and White? Continue reading

New Calvinism and Race Relations

On March 12, John Piper was the guest lecturer for the 7th annual Gaffin Lectures at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. The title of Dr. Piper’s lecture is “The New Calvinism and the New Community: The Doctrines of Grace and the Meaning of Race.”

The New Calvinism and the New Community from Westminster Theological Seminary on Vimeo.

The True Answer to Racism

races-to-trashOnly the Bible gives the true answer to racism:

1. All people are descendants of two people, Adam and Eve
2. There is only one race–the human race—Adam’s race
3. There is no such thing biologically as so called interracial marriage
4. All humans are equal before God–and all people are sinners because we all belong to Adam’s race
5. God’s Son became a member of the human race to die for the descendants of Adam and offers a free gift of salvation

And science confirms over and over again the Bible’s history concerning the human race:

1. The Human Genome project found there was only one race
2. All humans have the same basic skin color from the main pigment melanin–people don’t have different colors of their skin but different shades of the one main color. There are no ‘white’ people or ‘black’ people–we are all shades of brown.

God’s people have the answer to racism and prejudice–believe the true history of the human race as given in God’s Word beginning in Genesis.

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26–27)

– Ken Ham

The End of Racism

Question: How many “races” are there in the world?

What is the Answer?: One? Four? Six? More than six?

And where the rubber meets the road…

“What if a Chinese person were to marry a Polynesian, or an African with black skin were to marry a Japanese, or a person from India were to marry a person from America with white skin—would these marriages be in accord with biblical principles? A significant number of Christians would claim that such “interracial” marriages directly violate God’s principles in the Bible and should not be allowed. Does the Word of God really condemn the marriages mentioned above? Is there ultimately any such thing as interracial marriage?

In an article in the Journal of Counseling and Development, 12 researchers argued that the term “race” is basically so meaningless that it should be discarded. More recently, those working on mapping the human genome announced “that they had put together a draft of the entire sequence of the human genome, and the researchers had unanimously declared, there is only one race—the human race.”

Personally, because of the influences of Darwinian evolution and the resulting prejudices, I believe everyone (and especially Christians) should abandon the term “race(s).” We could refer instead to the different “people groups” around the world…

The Bible does not even use the word race in reference to people, but it does describe all human beings as being of “one blood” (Acts 17:26). This of course emphasizes that we are all related, as all humans are descendants of the first man, Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), who was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27). The Last Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45) also became a descendant of Adam. Any descendant of Adam can be saved because our mutual relative by blood (Jesus Christ) died and rose again. This is why the gospel can (and should) be preached to all tribes and nations…

If one wants to use the term “interracial,” then the real interracial marriage that God says we should not enter into is when a child of the Last Adam (one who is a new creation in Christ—a Christian) marries one who is an unconverted child of the First Adam (one who is dead in trespasses and sin—a non-Christian).”

Properly understood (as Ken Ham explains in the video below), the Biblical account of our origins found in the book of Genesis provides the basis for the end of all racism. I encourage everyone to read this article here and to watch the following video. Both contain great insight.