Accepted Sin

It is amazing to me that there was a time in this country when it was accepted practice to treat black people as worse than second-class citizens. I have wondered how it was possible for men and women who were Christians to have such a low view of a person because of the color of their skin. How do you reconcile that kind of thinking with New Testament Christianity? You do not. It cannot be reconciled. But it can be explained.

Generations of people were brought up with the belief that blacks were inferior, that slavery was acceptable and that racial segregation should be the law. Many accepted without question that this was right and even supported by the Bible. So they went to church, sang hymns, ate the communion, listened to the preacher, bowed their heads in prayer and gave some of their money. And then the next day they went to their jobs, kept the house, worked the farm and took care of their families. And they did all this with true sincerity. I’m not being sarcastic. They truly were sincere. But they were badly taught when it came to race. They were often taught racial prejudice and bigotry from their parents, their preacher and the public school system. The teaching was not always formal, but it was persistent. It came in the form of separate water fountains, separate restrooms and sitting in the back of the bus. It came in the form of white hoods, burned crosses and men hanged to death from trees. It also came in the form of comments and insults, some in the hearing of black people, more often behind closed doors. Such teaching indoctrinates a person thoroughly. They don’t just stop thinking the way they have before. They have to unlearn it. They have to see what the Bible truly says, not what they’ve heard it says. They have to start looking at people, all people as created in the image of God. They have to be willing to admit that what they’ve felt and how they’ve behaved in regard to race was wrong and sinful. They have to acknowledge that, for all the good reasons they loved them, wherever racism and bigotry was practiced and perpetrated by their country or their family, it was wrong.

Today great strides have been made in regard to race relations. The racist is more likely to be marginalized and even ostracized by people who have been enlightened by the love of Christ and the teaching of the Bible. This doesn’t mean that racism is gone. But it is met with objection far more than it once was.

But today there is another entrenched prejudice that is accepted by millions the world over. This oppressed group is described, as black people once were, as not really being people. The idea that it is acceptable to trash them at will is unquestioned and held in the hearts of celebrities, the mainstream media and politicians. It is held by housewives, factory workers and ceo’s. Who is this group that is seen as so dispensable? Unborn babies. Scores of people have bought into the propaganda of abortion providers and promoters every bit as much as some men and women bought into the poison of racial bigotry. And the carnage is no less. Every year in the United States 1.3 million babies are killed before birth. That’s a little bit more than the population of Dallas. The common defense of Christians who support abortion is that the fetus is not yet human but only tissue. Others affirm that as an unnecessary distinction. On a “pro-choice” web site, the author states, “The practice of abortion is unrelated to the status of the fetus – it hinges totally [emphasis mine, bf] on the aspirations and needs of women.” If you are a Christian woman, do you agree with that assertion? If you are pregnant, is your choice whether to give life or death to the baby strictly a matter of your aspirations and needs? Or do you have a responsibility to think of the baby, not just yourself? Maybe you don’t agree with the above quote but you’re not sure if it’s sin to have an abortion or support those who provide abortions. Let me ask you this. Would it be alright to kill a three week old baby? Of course not. Then why would it be alright to kill that baby a month earlier? Or two or three or four months earlier? Is the body of the mother a sanctified safe-place for the child until birth? Or is the unplanned-for baby nothing more than an unwanted tenant that must be evicted?

Racism and bigotry are wrong, hateful, selfish and sinful. Some Christian people were and some are racists and bigots. Abortion is wrong, hateful, selfish and sinful. Some Christian people support abortion. The acceptance and support of one needs to be unlearned and turned away from, every bit as much as the other.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Brad Fry

Published in: on February 17, 2012 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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