Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Bible Lesson For Racist 'Christians'

The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky has barred interracial couples from becoming members of their church, and from all church activities except for worship and funerals. In their own words, the church did it “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Odd, for that is the exact opposite of what their exclusion accomplishes; and if they truly wanted to “promote greater unity among the church body,” they would bridge divides by embracing interracial couples, knowing that whether red, brown, black or white, we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. So, it is time once again to explain to racists who are interested in Christianity that God sees men not by the color of their skin, but by the purity of the heart within.

Christianity arose from Judaism, which was founded on the law of Moses, so let us consider Moses.

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11

This Moses, friend of God, was married to Zipporah, who was Ethiopian. And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses, because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. Numbers 12:1.

God actually became quite irate with Miriam and Aaron, and struck Miriam with leprosy, and Moses beseeched God to heal her, and after seven days God heeded Moses.

So how does that work? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the sheer incredibility of it. Moses received the ten commandments, and all the law upon which Gulnare Free Will Baptist is founded, yet if he and his wife came there, they could not become members.

Let’s leave Moses there scratching his head as he faces the doors which he helped raise and would be unwelcome to enter, and move to Jesus, who fulfilled the law of Moses. Throughout the gospel and the New Testament Christ refers to himself as a bridegroom and the church as His bride and the union of the two as a marriage.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9

From the details of the story I’m going to infer that Gulnare is a predominantly white church (if someone points out otherwise I’ll happily correct myself). Since the denizens of the wilderness and deserts of Israel are naturally burnished, so was Jesus dark-skinned while on earth; and as He gave the gospel to the whole world, the marriage is a multi-racial affair. So again, I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the impossibility of an exclusively white church banning dark people while thinking they prepare themselves for eternal marriage to one.

What would Jesus say? Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

2 comments:

  1. Great post!!!!

    Jesus would say "Go and sin no more." I'm so tired of these people who call themselves Christians while ignorant of the teaching of Christ. Even the Old Testament states, "Judge not lest ye be judged." which was my Dad's favorite quote from the Bible. I try very hard to remember that but these so-called Christians make it so difficult.

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  2. "Judge not lest ye be judged" is in the Christian scriptures, not the Jewish scriptures. And it does not mean what you think it means, or at least what "liberals" think it means, which is that there is no Truth, that everything is "relative," so there is no right or wrong, so we should "forgive" everyone.

    Americans lack the vocabulary to talk about morality. Instead of reading the Jewish scriptures, they would do better to read Aristotle, which is what the 1st and 2nd century Christians did, who were, after all, Greeks and not Jews.

    (1) Virtues and vices. Habits are very important. We keep on the path to deification by building holy habits. This is why Apostolic era Christians emphasized fasting. Not because there is anything wrong with eating meat or drinking wine. But because learning to control our little lusts helps us learn self-control in bigger matters. Helps us to have virtues rather than vices.

    (2)So. If someone does an evil deed, should we forgive them? No; not if their deed is a result of of a vice or habit of evil behavior. To forgive an unrepentant sinner is to say that there is no right or wrong. That anything goes.

    To say that there is no right or wrong is, of coarse, totally contrary to what the Gospels claim Jesus said. Read the parable about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man can not be forgiven because he has the vices of Greed and Lust, which have consumed him and destroyed his sense of morality. (Sounds like the Republicans today.)

    Let me ask Whammer a question. Or two. (1) The first is, why don't Protestants actually sit down, open the "Bible" at the Gospel of Matthew and read through to the end of the Epistles. I watch their religious services on TV. Their ministers ignore 95% of the Christian scriptures and keep talking about the same 5% over and over. Catholics do it better because they require their clergy to read through the entire New Testament over a period of 3 years. (Which is, by the way, the same procedure Jews follow with the Torah--reading through the entire books in sequence over the course of a year.)

    So, for example, one finds all these supposed Christians and supposed pastors talking about the "end time." Even though Jesus Christ said over and over again that it is impossible for anyone ever to know anything about the final times or Judgment day. I guess their pastors ignore Jesus Christ and don't read those passages to them. Since they don't read the Bible for themselves, they don't know that they are talking meaningless gibberish.
    2) In any case, why waste so much time on the Jewish scriptures? If Judaism really has anything to teach Christians, then the entire Incarnation, Crucification, and Resurrection are superfluous and were unneeded. By the way, until Vatican II, neither the Roman Catholics or the Orthodox, the two branches that go back to the first century ever read the OT during the Suday Mass (Eucharistic liturgy.) Every Sunday is the remembrance of the Resurrection; everything on Sunday should be focused on Jesus Christ.

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