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            have to admit that when I’m filling out  specializes in division and destruction, has
            a form and asked to select my race, I’m  successfully seized upon fallen humanity’s
            tempted to write in another option –  many insecurities (including differences
        human. Cultural and even physical differ-  in physical appearance), and misled the
        ences among people groups are fascinating  masses to accept this concept of different
        and point to the genius of our Creator. It  (and even inferior) races. This acceptance
        is fine and proper to speak about different  has left in its wake a tragic trail of tears –
        people groups or ethnicities (Rev 7:9), but   expulsion, enslavement, the Holocaust, etc.
        certainly not different races. There is only   The way to root out this sinister construct
        one race – the human race. Paul said, “From   is to get back to the Bible and the founda-
        one man he [God] made every nation of the   tional belief in a Creator who made us all
        human race” (Act 17:26 NET). Understand-  in His image (Gen 1:27).
        ing this should lead us to treat one another   Because the Bible teaches that there is
        equally. Belief in multiple races is a social   only one race, the word “racism” is not
        construct based upon a handful of quite   found in its pages. But the sinful behavior
        shallow external observations. According   we refer to as racism today is most certainly
        to Darwin, such a belief was a scientific
        construct, but it is not a scriptural one.   addressed and condemned. Racism falls
                                             under the much broader term of “partial-
          Whether you agree with the concept of
        systemic racism or not, we shouldn’t be   ity.” James writes, “If you show partiality,
                                             you are committing sin” (2:9 ESV). Partial-
        surprised to hear people debating it since   ity includes treating people differently
        Darwinian evolution has been embraced in
        classrooms for generations. After all, it was   based on not only skin color, but on social
        Darwin who wrote that “at some future   class, economic status, education level,
                                             relation within the family, etc. We might
        period, not very distant as measured by
        centuries, the civilised races of man will   be  quick  to  pat  ourselves  on  the  back
        almost certainly exterminate and replace   and claim to be not guilty of racism, but
        the savage races throughout the world.”    can we really make the same claim about
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        Though his views about “civilised” versus   favoritism?
        “savage” races are rejected today, for gen-  It goes without saying that among the
        erations Darwin gave legitimacy to sinful  Lord’s people racism and a spirit of par-
        attitudes that have existed since the fall of  tiality have no place. Take a moment to
        man. The heartbreaking effects of adopting  reflect upon how you treat others around
        such an ideology still linger.       you. The devil will use anything to divide
          But we need to recognize who is really   us, whether it is your level of education or
        behind the rise of this social construct of  the level of melanin in your epidermis. As
        race, especially when we consider all the  believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are
        reprehensible atrocities that have been  all in one big spiritual family, the family
        committed throughout history connected  of God (Joh 1:12). And technically, because
        with it. Satan, the god of this world, who  there is only one race, every human being is
        ¹ Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (London:   part of the same biological family, just more
        John Murray, 1901), 241-242.         distantly related to some than others.

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