20 Powerful Christian Quotes About Race, Racism and Bigotry

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In the Bible we find the concept of race, but not how it is used today in the derogatory sense that has been called “racism”. In fact, when I looked up the term “racism” it could not be found in Webster’s 1828 nor even the 1913 dictionaries. What I did find in the 1828 dictionary is that race is defined as:

“The lineage of a family, or continued series of descendants from a parent who is called the stock. A race is the series of descendants indefinitely. Thus all mankind are called the race of Adam; the Israelites are of the race of Abraham and Jacob. Thus we speak of a race of kings, the race of Clovis or Charlemagne; a race of nobles” [1].

20 Powerful Christian Quotes About Race, Racism and Bigotry

In my study I have learned that the Bible really only talks about 3 groups of people (races). We see (1) the Israelites — those born into Jewish families, (2) the Gentiles — those born outside of Jewish families, and (3) the Church — those reborn through faith in Jesus the Christ; these may be of Jewish or non-Jewish heritage.

So the term “racism” is a non-biblical term and something that has been coined to refer to “poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race; the belief that some races of people are better than others” [2]. The use of the word racism (and bigotry) gets lots of press, take a look at these Christian quotes about racism.

Featured Quote “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” ~Rosa Parks

From the King Family

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It’s a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated. ~ Alveda King

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice.. ~ Coretta Scott King

From Preachers, Theologians & Other Christian Well Knowns

Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death. ~ Rev. Billy Graham

Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace. ~ Charles Spurgeon

All human beings bear God’s image and must be respected for what each person is. Therefore, no external description of one’s being, whether based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, can properly be used as the basis for either rejection or discrimination. ~ Bishop John Shelby Spong

If you judge people you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa

From Other Easily Recognized People

The marvel of marvels is not that God, in His infinite love, has not elected all this guilty race to be saved, but that He has elected any. ~ B.B. Warfield

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere. ~ C.S. Lewis

People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. ~ Samuel L. Jackson

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~ Maya Angelou

A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, ‘Yeah, that’s the way I see it too.’ Okay. He’s white. I’m Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike….. So I figure I’m doing as much for good race relations as the next guy. ~Bill Cosby

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet. ~ Rosa Parks

From the Bible

He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: But he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. ~ Proverbs 14:21

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ~ Matthew 22:37–39

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: ~ Acts 10:34

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. ~ Colossians 3:11

Final Thoughts 

As we find in the Scriptures “… God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). When we are people after God’s own heart neither will we be respecters of persons. We will reject the idea of racism and bigotry.

Resources – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version. [1] Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) – The ARTFL Project. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2015, from http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource= Webster’s&word= race&use1828=on. [2] Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) – The ARTFL Project. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2015, from http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource= Webster’s&word= race&use1828=on.

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DocReits March 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Such a great piece Pamela. It helped me to realize that what I often have called “race” is just an ethnic, cultural difference in a particular group of people. Folks pushing in front of me to take their pictures and videos of everything and then some, are Japanese, it is true….but that is the way they have been trained by habit and custom…not something inherent in their DNA.

Yes, 75% of our inmate population in our prisons is African American, but that is not because of their DNA, but because of poor choices brought about by lack of male role modeling and harsh socio-economic causes. It is hard for me to keep that in perspective at times and you have helped me to re-think my prejudices.

Thank you,

DocReits

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luizette kotze November 3, 2016 at 2:28 am

i so wish their were not this race hate; RELY IM A LIGHT SKIN PERSON, IN SA,I have never been racist.My nick name were Tjommie /Chommie so called black word for friend pal, maybe I were born race blind, even though a dark skin man killed my father I cannot hate the whole earth’s black people,because of the sin of one. I AM SO BLESSED TO ATTEND A SO CALLED BLACK CHURCH,HAVE BLACK FRIENDS AND WHITE ONES. Thank you Lord for different people races ,may we never forget that the focus are on You and that You died for everyone.Thank You Jesus.

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Nelson March 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hey Doc, it’s well documented that they don’t send whites to prison for the same offenses as blacks. It’s whites decision to be racist.

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Jack Wellman March 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

Hello Nelson. I know Doc and he is not a racist and neither are all whites as their are racist in all people, no matter what color, but it’s not about race but about grace that we are saved. I was in prison back in the mid 70’s and it has nothing to do with race, but in some cases yes, but not overall. I and another African-American man received the very same sentence on the very same day for the very same crime, so please be careful about labeling people as racist, and Doc is the last one you’ll find that is racist. Your own comments betray a bias my friend. Please repent of this today.

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