Technically, there is only one race—the human race. Practically, what we call races are ethnic or people groups, and the human race is filled with multiple ethnic groups with language variations, different customs and unique cultures.
In my travels to many other lands, I have been amazed at how certain ethnic groups are despised in some countries but in different places can be found perched on the cultural top, despising others. The problem in all of this is sin. The issue is pride.
The only solution to racism is found in Jesus Christ. When someone places faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit places that one in Christ, a new position in the spiritual realm but one just as real as if it was in the physical realm. The reason God can give a new Christian this new position is because the new believer in Jesus receives a new human spirit that is created with the divine nature (Eph. 4:24). This act makes the believer part of a new race, a heavenly race, and this heavenly race living out the divine nature rejects racism.
According to 1 John 3:9, the new divine nature consists of “God’s seed” (in the Greek, God’s sperma). Something of the nature of God is implanted in the new believer. Jesus as the last Adam took the sins of the human race to the cross (1 Cor. 15:45; cf. 15:3), and Jesus as the second man began a new race (1 Cor. 15:47).
This new race consists of those who have believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Each believer becomes a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). This creative act of God on their behalf makes them a “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24). This makes for a whole new realm, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:10-11).
Do you see it? This new man, the regenerated spirit of believers, is in a different realm, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. This is the only place where racism cannot exist. No one is looked down on. Not the Jews and not non-Jews. Not anyone. In fact, not men or women for in this realm “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
The only real cure for racism is in Christ.
John Van Gelderen