No racism nor sexism is allowed in Christ
This is a valid and pressing message to the Church even in this era that we live in. Racism has been that nasty thing that very few want to talk about let alone tackle in the Church nor in society. Also oppressing people on basis of their gender is overlooked a lot. Though in the past 200 years I must say that there has been a lot of change in society with regards to racism and sexism which is a positive step.
This message is not there for name calling nor starting a blame game. This is to empower in light of the Holy scriptures that you experience freedom and also let others also live in the freedom you desire for yourself.
Now to the message; No racism nor sexism is allowed in Christ, not one bit. It doesn’t matter what cultural or historical background you come from. It doesn’t matter what you were taught in school or college. Jesus came to save you just as you are and not because of your race nor gender or financial status.
We read in Galatians Chapter 3 : verses 26-28
26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
This verse is very clear on the point that in Christ there is no stereotyping of any sort, be it gender, ethnicity, wealth etc. All are to be considered one in Christ Jesus.
Lets now read Colossians Chapter 3 : verses 9-11
9 Don’t lie to each other. Take off the old human nature with its practices 10 and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it. 11 In this image there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all people.
Here again, those in Christ are not given an option on this. This is a truth to be accepted and to be lived. Which is that we take on the new nature that comes from Christ and leave all old human nature along with all its vices. Racism and Sexism are great sins.
Now just to be clear on what racism and sexism are, I shall mention their definitions.
- Racism – the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
- Sexism – prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex
If you notice both these sins have jealousy, pride and envy in their functioning. Racism was at work when over a million Jews were murdered by the Nazis due to race alone. Sexism happens where women are denied their human rights on account of being women alone.
If you read Matthew 15:21-28 in your Bible, in these verses for a while it seemed that Jesus didn’t seem to answer the Canaanite woman plea for mercy for her demon oppressed daughter. She was a Gentile and not a Jew. Jesus mentioned that he was sent for Israel, namely the Jews. Some felt that the Lord God existed only for the welfare and salvation of the Jews.
Jesus himself was a Jew! Jesus was and is also the Son of God. Now Jesus won’t do something apart from the will of his Father in heaven.
To remind you, in the Old Testament, the Lord God healed Naaman the Syrian through the intervention of the Jewish prophet Elisha even though Naaman was from the enemy nation of Syria. The faith of Naaman was honored by the Father due to which he got healed. Jesus simply did the same as his Father in heaven. He had compassion on the Canaanite woman and gave deliverance from oppression to her daughter for he was impressed by her faith in Him. The woman even called him the son of David and Lord though Canaanites were in mutual hatred of the Jews.
In those days if you were a man there would no need for you talk to woman especially of another race, let alone help them. Jesus didn’t get by worldly norms on women but simply had mercy on both the mother and daughter.
Both racism and sexism are bad. Jesus however didn’t give way to any of these. For Jesus came for the salvation of all, even those who are not Jews. He came to free us all from the grasp of sin so that we could be reconciled to his Father in Heaven. So now that we are in Christ, we must practice equality and love all in the grace and hope that comes from Christ.
Jesus said in John 10:16 “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd”