Social Justice in America: Race

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The world uses the state to enforce social justice, peace between man and man. But it knows nothing of divine justice, peace between man and God. The world also refuses to admit that mankind’s sin against God has produced social injustice. The church rightly seeks divine justice. However, she does not realize that it’s the only path to social justice, which also matters to God.

The Institute for Southern Studies was founded by Civil Rights veterans as “a new voice for a changing South,” which wants to undermine the region’s “conservative stronghold.” The Southern Coalition for Southern Justice was founded to “dismantle structural racism and oppression.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded by Civil Rights attorneys. I applaud some of their work. I don’t like slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, human rights violations, or immigration quotas either. However, many of these organizations’ policies are Communist (pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-Christian) and are tantamount to a second post-Civil War Reconstruction. This region needs divine justice first, peace with Jesus Christ. Only then can she seek social justice. These organizations should be abolished, or at least restructured using Christian principles. If this isn’t possible, then Christian truth should counteract them.

Tenets of Christian justice

  1. Man sinned against a just God. His just punishment is eternal death in hell.
  2. Social injustice is the result of mankind’s sin.
  3. Jesus’ death satisfied divine justice and made peace. Man must repent and accept it.
  4. True justice, both divine and social, exists only among converted believers.
  5. True justice everywhere will not become a reality on this earth until the Second Coming and millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

In the last 60 years, America has used the state to enforce racial equality, which she defines as equal opportunity – Brown vs. Board of Education (1954), Civil Rights Act (1964), Affirmative Action (1961-67), etc. Ironically, she also accepts evolution which says that the races are unequal and that some are more biologically ‘advanced’ than others. Evolution produced some (not all) racial inequality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also produced Hitler. Sinners don’t need evolution in order to be racist. But Darwin’s theory has only aggravated the problem.

By contrast, Christian truth on race is simple. The Bible declares that there is no such thing as ‘race,’ only ethnicity. All ethnicities come from one human pair – Adam and Eve, the “mother of all living” (Genesis 2:7, 21-22, 3:20). Human blood is human, regardless of which ethnicity bleeds it. As the apostle Paul told ancient Athens, “God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26, NKJV).

Because all people are human, all can be transformed spiritually. Therefore, all should have the same access to God and a local church (marriage, salvation, etc). All should have the same rights and responsibilities before God and the law too. Christians who believe, teach, and practice these truths should never be racist. No state enforcement is necessary!

jim-crow-laws racismHowever, no two people will ever have the same social opportunities and I don’t think this should be enforced. Slavery and Jim Crow laws should have been abolished, there’s nothing with school integration, and all people should have the same access to jobs (if they’re qualified). That doesn’t mean we should use school or work quotas. They only produce reverse discrimination and increase racial awareness. We can’t force people of different ethnicities to get along with one another either. Only Jesus can do that.

So how do we seek social justice through racial equality? First, we teach, preach, pray, and repent because only conversion to Jesus Christ can produce true social justice. We also write, enforce, and obey biblically-based laws. Finally, we try to make amends for past wrongs, both personally and corporately. The latter can take the form of arrests, fines, or capital punishment – God’s justice for gross sexual misconduct and the premeditated wrongful death of an innocent person.

  • African Americans: slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow laws are wrong. So is forbidding people to marry, read, write, vote, own land, and join the church.
  • Japanese Americans: World War II concentration camps were wrong.
  • Jews: immigration quotas before and during World War II were wrong.
  • Native Americans: the Trail of Tears was wrong. So is the Socialist reservation system. American history is filled with illegal land grabbing, treaty-breaking, and murder.
  • Legal immigrants: discrimination is wrong. We can and must help these people find God and work. Until then, we can help them with basic necessities.
  • Illegal immigrants: non-citizens who entered America illegally are criminals who must be arrested and returned “home.” We can still help them find God and give them basic necessities while they’re here. We don’t have to be cruel.

Social justice in America regarding race is a long, complex problem. Explaining what is wrong and offering solutions is the easy part. Enacting them can take a lifetime.

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