Why I Must Speak Up

I have to speak up about the sin of bigotry. It has no place in my country and absolutely no place in the Church. May God forgive us and heal our land.

Peggie and I became friends in seminary, and she taught me things I'd never understood before about the challenges of being African American.

My heart breaks to think that people sometimes treat my friend differently based on the color of her skin.

For hundreds of years many Americans have denied, downplayed, and excused the evil of slavery. 

I was blessed to hear that the Southern Baptists made a formal apology for their support of slavery and segregation, but I didn't understand why it happened 150 years after slaves were emancipated. (1995 SBC Resolution)

But please don’t think I’m singling out the Southern Baptists. At least they apologized, which is better than many professing Christians who still judge people based on the color of their skin.

I’m from Colorado. My family history doesn’t include slavery, but I'm still deeply saddened by the evils of slavery and the evils that my black brothers and sisters still suffer. 

Bigotry is a sin, a serious sin (1 John 4:20). A person who excuses bigotry is calling God a liar (1 John 1:10).

There are good and bad people in every race. It’s not about color. It’s about character. 

And bigots lack character no matter their color.
If you would like to read more about my friendship with Peggie, you'll find details in my devotion Productive Stables.

I have to speak up about the sin of bigotry. It has no place in my country and absolutely no place in the Church. May God forgive us and heal our land.
If you think the Bible supports slavery as it existed in America, you're wrong. I recommend these resources: Slavery and the Bible Explained or the shorter summary Biblical Slavery in a Nutshell. And if you want to read a 4-minute devotion with historical facts about U.S. slavery that most people don't know, please read Slavery is a Black and White Issue.

I ask that all of my readers take some time this week to pray against the evil of racism in our world. And if you are prejudiced, please ask God to forgive you and help you overcome that sin. 

I encourage you to listen to this short video done by Allen Parr, an African-American. It gives great biblical advice about ways we can discuss racial issues with each other to bring healing and understanding. It neither supports nor rejects CRT:  What is Critical Race Theory?

Let the Scriptures below remind you that God created all people and He loves the variety and characteristics of every race and nationality. 

Acts 10:34-35: "Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.'"

1 John 4:20: "Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen."

James 2:9: "If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law."

Revelation 7:9: "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands."

Revelation 5:9-10: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

It's no coincidence that one of the first Gentiles saved in the Bible was a black man, proving to the early church that everyone is equal in the kingdom of God. Read more about this wonderful conversion story here: 7 Things We Learn From Acts 8:26-39.

Note: I wish I didn’t have to make this additional comment, but our modern culture puts sexual lifestyles in the same category as race, claiming that disapproval of sexual lifestyles is a form of bigotry. A behavior is not the same as ethnicity. Accepting what the Bible teaches about sexual lifestyles does not make a person a bigot. See Tolerance Isn't Approval or Agreement.

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  1. Most honestly I say: Not "Black Live Matters: but "All Lives Matter!" There were Irish, Religious & Criminal slaves too. Even Deaf slaves included.

    1. Of course all lives matter, Deafjoxer. But that isn't the subject of this devotion.

      This devotion is about the sin of bigorty. And those who have suffered the most from bigotry, and those who continue to suffer the most from bigotry in America are black people.

    2. Thats missing the point of the current regarding BLM

    3. Dear Unknown,
      I'm not sure what you mean, but I'm not trying to write about the "current regarding BLM." I'm expressing the Biblical view of bigotry which transcends time and location. I'm speaking about it in terms of my sphere of influence which focuses on bigotry against blacks, but these principles apply to all forms of bigotry.

  2. Hi Gail My comment was meant to be a reply to Deafjoxer. I also missed the word situation. So I was saying to he/her that they were missing the point of the current BLM movement. I agree 100% with your devotion. It was refresing to hear a biblical view on bigoty and racism from America that I ageed with. Lately I have been absoulty appauled at some of the views being expressed my so called American Evangeligals that bare no resemplance to the Scriptures, so I'm not surprised that you had a exodus. I wont say who but there is an American gospel singer/pastor who now expouses extreem right wing views whilst trying to preach love. I have about all of his albums because they were solid scriptural lyrics. I cant listen to it anymore as the lyrics and his views now are polar distances apart. We, evengelicals in the rest of the world have had to stop using the word due to the connotations from the American Right Wing Evangelicals. Blessings Iain

    1. Thanks for your clarification. I appreciate your additional insights as well.

      One of our problems in the U.S. is the stereotyping of evangelicals by the American press. I still consider myself an evangelical, meaning I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and I seek to base my life on Biblical principles.

      But the term has come to mean something political and is characterized by the more extreme political views which some evangelicals hold, but not most evangelicals.

      I discuss biblical values on Bible Love Notes such as abortion and sexual morality, and some of these things are relevant to politics, but I've made it my policy not to discuss politics as such and especially not to talk about political candidates, so I won't go into more detail than this, but suffice it to say that evangelical Christianity in America is not as political or extreme as the press portrays us.