What would Jesus Christ say about White Supremacy?

That’s what a friend of mine asked a few days ago. 

He was just talking out loud, throwing the question in the air, waiting for someone to catch it and answer it.

My first instinct was to point out the obvious to him, that White Supremacy is based on hate, and since Jesus requires us to love one another, He would obviously be against it.

But I felt like I needed back up.  I needed citations, scripture, actual biblical teaching to support that.

So I went to the New International Version Bible and this is what I found:

Scripture about divisions:

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” [1 Corinthians 1:10]

“…so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. [1 Corinthians 12:25]

Scripture about human order:

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” [1 Corinthians 12:13]

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” [Galatians 3:28]

Scripture about love:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [John 13:34-35]

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” [Romans 12:10]

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” [Romans 13:8]

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” [Galatians 5:13]

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” [Ephesians 4:2]

Scripture about the supremacy of White people:


Now, some might say that since the Bible spoke of slavery and since Jesus spoke of slavery (in fact, Jesus was actually sold for the price of a slave), then God is in favor of slavery.  So, since many Black people descend from slaves around the world (via TransAtlantic slavery), then Black people are automatically inferior to everyone else. And thus, the inverse would be true, that White people (who kept slaves) are superior to everyone else.

I actually heard someone say that.

The scary fact about this reasoning is that there is nothing in Scripture to directly refute it.  So it’s easy for some folks to actually believe that White people are indeed a supreme race.

(Bear with me – I know that there are other basis for White Supremacy, some of which are based in the study of eugenics, but this post is just focusing on those White Supremacy ideologies that are explicitly tied to Christianity.)

And the problem with White Supremacy that some might say is based in Christianity is that their ideology flows from a faulty interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How can I say this? Go to scripture.

Jesus knows how crazy man’s thoughts can sometimes be.

God said that His “…thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are not your ways…” [Isaiah 55:8]. 

The New Testament is rife with Jesus telling others how well He knows the weakness of man’s thoughts.  He railed against Pharisees and Sadducees.  Jesus called them “blind guides” because of all the so-called religious rules they burdened the poor Jews with.  [Matthew 23:24].  Jesus said that He gave man divorce because of the “hardness of their hearts.”  [Matthew 19:8].  Jesus said that His truth will be like a “…stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall,” meaning that people were stumbling because of their disobedience to His message. [1 Peter 2:8-10].

Not only did man think up crazy ideas, he did a lot of crazy things in the bible. 

Read the Old Testament; Hollywood could never come close to depicting those biblical stories:  brutal wars, raping women, pillaging of villages, killing their first-born sons to offer to a pagan god, having sex with prostitutes on the church altar, worshiping frogs, cows, or the sun, stealing from others, government corruption, social injustice, and yes, the keeping, selling, and trading of human slaves….

My point is this: Just because man did something in the bible (like keep slaves) doesn’t mean that God approved it, supported it, or even agreed with it. 

 

White Supremacy is just another manifestation of human hatred.

Why? Because when I apply Jesus’ teaching to the ideology, I find the following:

  • The result of White Supremacy is not unity, but division. 
  • The result of White Supremacy is not human order, but human disorder. 
  • The result of White Supremacy is not love, but hate. 

And so, to answer my friend who asked what would Jesus say about White Supremacy, I like to think Jesus might quote St. Paul: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” [Galatians 5:13]

-Michelle

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