How to Respond to Nazis and Other Racists 08/15/2017


Jim Denison | Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
Hitler told Germans that the so-called “Aryan” people (primarily North Europeans) were the superior race. Their supposed superiority granted them the right and obligation to rule other races and peoples for the benefit of mankind.

Jews, by contrast, were identified as the enemy holding back this “master race.” Hitler blamed them for Germany’s loss in World War I and its resulting economic deprivation. He also accused Jews of inventing Communism, another threat to Germany’s future.

If a white person decides that black people are racially inferior to him, he can go through life feeling superior to an entire population class. No matter his educational, financial, or social failings, he considers himself innately superior to blacks. This is the perverted promise Hitler made to his “Aryan” people. It is the same perversion racists of all categories claim for themselves today.

How to respond to Nazis and other racists

What biblical truths should guide us as we respond to the rising racism and Nazism of our day? Consider three principles.

One: God made only one race—the human race.

Every human is created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). We are all descendants of Adam and of Noah. Caucasians, Africans, Arabs, Indians, Jews, and Asians are not different races—they are different ethnicities of the same human race.

Two: Our Father loves all his children and calls us to do the same.

The most famous verse in Scripture teaches that God loves “the world” (John 3:16). Jesus commanded us to love each other as he loves us (John 13:34). Those who act with prejudice are “judges with evil thoughts” (James 2:4).

Three: We need God’s help in loving God’s children.

Whether motivated by racism or not, we all struggle to love everyone. No one goes through life unscathed by humanity. We have all been hurt by someone, just as we have all hurt someone. We cannot forgive fully without the power of the One who forgives us. The good news is that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

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