Follower of The Way

Toole and Piper on Race

Posted in Christ and Culture,Christian Theology,Imago Dei,Origins by sosipater on June 13, 2007

One of the most important issues that people need to think through non-emotionally is the issue of race.  This can be such a volcanic issue, and I think Satan is thrilled when it becomes so.  Christians especially should be eager to apply what we know about mankind from the Bible to this pressing issue. 

My church had our annual VBS this past week and I attended the Friday night finale where the kids put on different “acts” and displayed some of the things they learned over the past week.  One of the things that warmed my heart was to see children present Friday night who were from ethnic groups that gave the assembly a more diverse makeup.  Now I don’t espouse diversity as those of a liberal persuason do, but I like it because it gives us a more realistic view of the heavenly city and kingdom that Jesus is building with people of every different tribe represented.  I think that is going to be a very beautiful sight to behold.  Any form of racism is idolatry pure and simple, and disregards the key understanding of all mankind as made in the image of God and for the Christian especially has the danger of elevating racial distinctions above the work of Christ on the cross.  We cannot give racial differences more emphasis than the Bible does.

Our preaching pastor has been preaching verse by verse through Colossians, and as providence would have it, he preached on Colossians 3:11 this past Sunday.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

You can listen to his sermon here.

Also on this topic I’ll point you over to Desiring God blog where they are posting Piper’s series “The Meaning and Signifcance of Race”.  This series is teaching the “(un)importance of race”.  Here is an outline from the series. 

The Meaning and Significance of Race


1. Evolutionary theory of human origins encourages racist thinking about human groups.

  • Evolutionary theory: Humans came from lower life forms.
  • Why does this tend toward racism? It can cause you to think that other groups of humans can be explained by saying they are less evolved.

2. The biblical correlation of Adam and Christ as the heads of physical and spiritual humanities points to the unity of the human race.

  • Romans 5:12 ff
  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
  • 1 Corinthians 15:45-49

3. Paul makes the common origin of humans the ground of equality and the end of ethnic arrogance (Acts 17:24-28).

4. The genetic differences between races are absolutely trivial.

5. Dealing with various groups justly follows from a common origin as creatures of the same God.

  • Job 31:13-15
  • Proverbs 22:2

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