Monthly Archives: August 2017

Race and Racism

I live in small town only about 10 miles from Charlottesville, VA.  Like everyone else, I was horrified and angered by the events occurring in our community on August 12.  I also was left with a deep concern because there is a growing focus on racial division in this country.  Racism is a hot topic.  And one that needs to be addressed, especially by the Christian community.  With this in mind, I am offering some thoughts on a biblical perspective of the concept of race.  Most of this article was actually posted quite a while back on this site.  However, in light of current events, I feel like it is worth considering again, with a few additions.

 

According to the Scriptural account, there is actually only one human race.  Biblically all humans are part of one family.  We are all descended from Adam and Eve.  This is plainly taught in the Scriptures.  Indeed, Eve’s very name means “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20), thus indicating her as the primal ancestor of all men.  We are also all descended from Noah.  During the Flood, all human beings were destroyed on the earth, leaving only Noah and his family (see Genesis 7:21-23 and 1 Peter 3:20).  This is why the New Testament says that God has made all the peoples of the earth from one blood, one human stock (see Acts 17:26).

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Grace: God’s Empowering Presence

Recently I heard an excellent Bible teacher present a seminar on grace.  During the course of this seminar, he made several statements that truly arrested me.  It has made me think about the nature of grace.  Exactly what is grace?  This teacher asked those in the seminar to define grace.  The immediate response was “God’s unmerited favor.”  The teacher affirmed and agreed with this definition.  But he was another question, is there more to grace than just God having a favorable attitude towards us. Continue reading