Is racism a sin?

Racist is not a word that is found in the Bible. It is not there for a good reason. The shibboleth “racist” first appeared in English in the early 1930’s in a translation of a work by a Jewish Marxist, Magnus Hirschfeld. Its first known use, however, occurred in Leon Trotsky’s “History of the Russian Revolution” in 1930. He invented the word to attack the Slavophiles, i.e. Slavs that just wanted to preserve their own folkways against encroachments of Internationalism. This attitude was considered “backward” and counter-revolutionary. These “racists” were preventing the triumph of Communism. Therefore “racism” is a bad thing if you are a Communist or otherwise promote Egalitarian, Utopian/Babel-onian schemes of One World Order which must destroy distinctions of kith and kin.

Since Communism is a God-cursed, vile, anti-Christ dogma, these “racists” that Trotsky hated (and later killed) are actually the good guys. Ethnocentrism and love of kith and kin is a positive good in that it directly opposes the spread of Communism. Kith and kin is just another way of expressing what Paul says to Timothy in I Tim 5:8  “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse  than an infidel.” Here “kith” corresponds to “his own” signifying a larger group of related people  and kin corresponds to “his own house” signifying the family members and slaves.

So, while “racism” may be social gaffe or a Communist “sin” it is not a Biblical category therefore it is not a sin by any Christian definition of the term. The Bible defines sin and racist ain’t in there.

Now, if you want to speak Biblically then one might talk about pride being a sin or hatred or some other actual categorical sin. But, mixing categories and importing the World’s neuroses into the Church can only lead to confusion and worse sin.

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8 Responses to “Is racism a sin?”

  1. Deborah Snell Says:

    KMA- Neill I hope you open the email for NumbersUSA & send the FAX, because one of the things I wish I would have done is start the FIRST White American Scholarship Fund & who knows….I just may STILL do it…..GOD knows that every other friggen race in the world has their own!!!! So, I can’t see any reason why WE white American can’t have one of our own & my attorney has said that if Texas adopts the same attitude as AZ then he’s moving to Texas cause he’s licensed to practice law there & I can see myself moving there as well to help keep the ILLEGALS from taking over with the FREE pass that the DAMN government wants to give them for their vote!! OK……I’ll get off my soap box now…LOL

  2. J A Christopher Says:

    The Bible clearly teaches in scripture that racism is ‘sin’ … here is just one example of what the truth is:

    We read in James 2:1 that it is wrong to have “respect” (STRONG’S CONCORDANCE: Gk. prosopolepsia, which means, “partiality, i.e. favoritism”) of persons. Romans 2:11 declares, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Respect of persons is a sin, and it exists in many forms incuding racism..

    • neillpayne Says:

      You are merely substituting the word partiality with the word racism, but you haven’t proved that this is what racism is. Please read my comment to Christopher Anderson. As far as this passage goes, I am in complete agreement with Matthew Henry’s exegesis (and you will notice that he never uses the Marxist term ‘racist’ because it had not been invented yet), to wit:

      I. A caution against this sin laid down in general: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons, v. 1. Observe here, 1. The character of Christians fully implied: they are such as have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ; they embrace it; they receive it; they govern themselves by it; they entertain the doctrine, and submit to the law and government, of Christ; they have it as a trust; they have it as a treasure. 2. How honorably James speaks of Jesus Christ; he calls him the Lord of glory; for he is the brightness of his Father’s glory, and the express image of his person. 3. Christ’s being the Lord of glory should teach us not to respect Christians for any thing so much as their relation and conformity to Christ. You who profess to believe the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, which the poorest Christian shall partake of equally with the rich, and to which all worldly glory is but vanity, you should not make men’s outward and worldly advantages the measure of your respect. In professing the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, we should not show respect to men, so as to cloud or lessen the glory of our glorious Lord: how ever any may think of it, this is certainly a very heinous sin.

  3. Christopher-Anderson Says:

    All that I can say is that I am glad to know the Word of God for mysel

    James 2:1 declares that it is wrong to have “respect” (STRONG’S CONCORDANCE: Gk. prosopolepsia, which means, “partiality, i.e. favoritism”) of persons. Romans 2:11 declares, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Respect of persons is a sin, and it exists in many forms.

    As Christians we have a divinely mandated obligation to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt. 22:39), which means allowing the Holy Spirit to eliminate all prejudice and bigotry and to produce the agape love which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of yielded believers (Gal. 5:22).

    Racism and the ugly destructive prejudices it spawns are still with us, and will continue to be. Why? Fallen, sinful human hearts are always going to be subject to the temptation to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think (Rom. 12:3), which is the root of all prejudice.

    • neillpayne Says:

      I completely agree with your first two paragraphs because you are using Biblical categories and Biblical arguments. I have no idea how to judge your opinions about “racism” because it means so many things to different people. I have heard that being a homophobe is “racist”. Future time orientation is racist. . Empathy is racist. Lactose intolerance is racist. I could go on, but forget about saying, “Oh, but that’s just being silly, that’s not real racism, I know what racism really is and those things aren’t racist.” You would be wrong.

      Let a White person do or say something that some call “racist” and that is “racism”. Let a non-White person do the same thing and it is not “racist”. That is what the Bible calls an unjust weight and measure. Nancy Morgan does a fair job of explaining the double standard here. The fact is, if you are White, you are debarred from even defining the word “racist”. You are said to harbor “unconscious racism” and consequently any definition of “racism” you come up with will be tainted by this unconscious malady. So while “racism” is deemed a “sin” in the world’s eyes, if it is unconscious how can one even know if he is harboring this “sin” in order to repent of it? How can it be a sin if it is only bad when White people do it.

      Furthermore, and I think more importantly, when the Church lets the world define sin she has gone awhoring after false gods. Particularly, the gods of the Marxist/Hegelian dialectic. This is why it is important to understand the origin of this world. This dialectic divides the world into “oppressors” and “oppressed”. In the current world morality play, Whites are the oppressors and non-Whites and the “oppressed”. This is why all Whites are racists according to the University of Delaware. This is also why Jessie Jackson can call NY city “hymie-town” and never be bothered by interviewers introducing him as “the racist Rev. Jackson.” That is why no Black person be he Mr. Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright or anyone else of color ever has the label “racist” to stick to him. They are non-White, ergo oppressed, ergo good. Whites are the opposite. This is the Hegelian dialectic of Cultural Marxism. It is designed to destroy (deconstruct) the West in order to destroy Christianity because Marxism sees Christianity as the main bulwark against the “inevitable” triumph of the Marxist religion. For Christians to wallow in the trough of Cultural Marxism and adopt their terminology is ultimately to betray Christ and give His enemies ammunition against His Church. We need to stop playing on their turf with their terms. We must return to Biblical categories and name those things sin which we find that God calls sins in His Word and nothing more.

  4. Christopher-Anderson Says:

    The roots of the word ‘racism’ are interesting. But you and I botrh know that meanings and definitions of words change.

    There is no way to make wrong into something that is ‘right’. Racism as understood in this country is wrong. What is the definition of racism as commonly used and understood in these United State of America .. we find the following:

    1.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
    2.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
    racist rac’ist adj. & n.

    It does not take a brain surgeon to figure out that the above is not the fruit of a Christian. Racism is many negative things, including arrogance. Satan was cast out of heaven because of his arrogance.

    There is no doubt in my mind that t is indeed a sin to practice racism .

  5. blackwatertown Says:

    Interesting to read your thoughts about whether or not there is a Biblical injunction against racism.
    How do you feel about racism yourself?
    http://www.blackwatertown.wordpress.com

    • neillpayne Says:

      I don’t know what the word means. It is too equivocal. It does not apply equally to all races and therefore in one sense it is a “racist” term itself because it only stereotypes Whites. The reason that it only really applies to Whites is because it is a Marxist tactic not a term. It signifies “oppressor” and is part of the Marxist “oppressor/oppressed” dialectic. It is used to bring down the “oppressors” by synthesizing them with the “oppressed” thus creating the “new Soviet man“. This is why no non-White is ever referred to in the media as a racist, e.g. the racist, Jessie Jackson or the racist group, La Raza. They are non-Whites and are therefore considered part of the “oppressed” and by definition cannot be “oppressors” i.e. racists.

      In practice racism means “White people” or “something non-Whites dislike” or “Shut-up Honkey.” If you mean by racism, being mean to other people simply because of their race, then I am against it. The Golden Rule precludes it. But remember this is the White people’s idea of what “racism” means, this is not what the Industrial-anti-racism Leftist, Libtard crowd is thinking when they use the term.

      Nevertheless, it is no more wrong nor more sinful to single out for mistreatment one’s race rather than age, beauty or fatness or a host of other categories. It is not what one singles out as a reason for mistreatment it is the mistreatment itself that is wrong. Christians are obliged to think no more highly of themselves than they ought. Rom 12:3 KJV – “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Christians are also obliged to think of other Christians as better than themselves: Phl 2:3 KJV – “[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

      I hope that that answers your question.


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