Hey everyone out there in the world. I hope you are doing well. So with everything in the world going on, let’s keep our heads in the word and not in our egos. Today we are continuing in Romans 2.
So with a lot of the cancel culture that is going on with the United States, anything that has the slightest thing to do with racism is almost instantly canceled. Even if it has nothing to do with racism itself but rather the context of the situation by which it was made. Be it either a syrup bottle, shows being cancelled to people having their statues being torn down. Everything seems to be about racism wherever you look, even if you never thought of it as racist. Before I continue, yes Racism is wrong.
So let’s look around and find out where they might go next and start fighting the cancel culture before they get there. So…. is God a racist? Obviously he’s not, but let’s entertain the idea and then explain why it is a ridiculous notion.
“but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. There is no favoritism with God.”
Romans 2:10-11Hcsb Bible
So throughout the Old Testament, there are stories of God backing the nation of Israel to defeat these other groups. They would even use the different words of ethnic groups at the time, such as the hebrews, the Pharisees, the Hittites, the Greeks and the samaritans. Surely God is a racist if he was backing the group of Hebrews to take down these other racial groups. Even some of the Hebrews themselves were racist and hated the samaritans in Jesus’ time.
Even in the verse that is the focal point of this post has God putting the Jews before the Greeks. God is putting a different racial group group before another. So he has to be racist. Not so fast. Let’s look at the entire context of this chapter and the context of the entire Bible itself.
When he chose to back the nation of Israel, he did not do it because of their race but because of a promise he made with Abraham and then later Jacob. He also used them and backed them in order to enact punishment upon the terrible murderous and idolatrous people that lived in the region of Canaan. Or otherwise called the Holy Land or Israel now. but let’s also look at how God treated Israel throughout their history.
The promise with Israel was summed up in that if they worshipped and live righteously for him, then he would be their God and they would be his people. Also if they didn’t, because they were his people, then he would also punish them severely like a parent would with their child. When they went decades of not being faithful and were being lawless, he would eventually bring in an invader and punish them through that.
Also earlier in this chapter, Paul said that God will reward those that live righteously and punish those that live wickedly and lawlessly. Maybe not in this life, but in the life to come. He blesses and curses, based not on race but rather the content of our character.
Also what exactly is racism? Despite what your teacher may have taught you, it’s not just a white thing. Anyone can be racist. To be completely honest with you, in the current definition of it in the dictionary, it’s when you believe one race is superior to another. That’s what racism is. It’s believing one race is superior or in a more simple sense having a favorite.
God doesn’t choose favorites according to the Bible. He loves everyone and accepts everyone if they accept him. He will gladly accept you into his kingdom, even if you were banging and trying to destroy the castle a day earlier. Just accept his sons sacrifice and repent of your sin.
Come to him. Come to the one person that will never play favorites even if your parents did. Come to the one person that loves you completely. Come to the one person that will never have any prejudice or biases for or against you.