Racism can be described as a belief in the superiority of a particular
race; hostility or discrimination against members of a different race.
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:19-20
Then God said, "let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of
the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created
him, and male and female he created them.
So from the soil God fashioned all the wild beasts and birds of
heaven. These he brought to man to see what he would call them; each
one was to bear the name man had given it. The man gave names to all
the cattle, all the birds of heaven, and all the wild beasts. But no
helpmate suitable for man was found for him.
From one single stock, he not only created the whole human race so
that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each
nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territories
All of these extracts have things in common. The messages these give
us are telling us that all men and women of any race are equal, that
there is only one race and that we have dominion over all the
creatures on earth.
A well-known parable, the Good Samaritan, is about a man and a
Samaritan who helps him. The Samaritans were a hated people at the
time of Jesus. The man was attacked and mugged by some men and left
along the roadside. A priest and then a Levite walked past on the
other side of the road. Then a Samaritan came along and helped the man
even though no one liked Samaritans.
The message of this parable and Jesus' teachings is that you should
help people regardless of their race or creed. Jesus preached against
racism and there are many other examples of this like in Genesis.
"The kingdom of God knows no prejudice and no discrimination. In fact,
it might be better to say that it discriminates on favour of the poor,
the weak and the marginalised. The Church therefore has the
responsibility to listen to these groups, to work with them and to
support their attempts to improve their own conditions."
The Baptist statement mirrors one of Jesus' own teachings, the
Beatitudes, one of which says: Happy are those who are persecuted in
the cause of right; theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Or Happy are you
when people abuse you and persecute you because of me and speak all
kinds of calumny against you on my account. The Baptist church says
that they have a responsibility to help the poor and persecuted. This
is also like the Good Samaritan, or helping those less fortunate no