“That our world is still steeped in racism is clear. Just as clear is that our world doesn’t know how to deal with it,” wrote former college Professor, preacher and fellow blogger, Doy Moyer.
In a facebook post, Moyer correctly observed. “Pundits complain about the problem, politicians lament it, and we all scratch our heads, dumbfounded that we can’t seem to figure this out. Yet the best answer from culture just seems to be, “We just need to be better people and make more laws.” Granted, we need to be better people, and laws are made for the unrighteous. But what’s missing is the understanding of the root of the problem.”In view of the recent and tragic events in Charleston, SC, we wanted to share some thoughts on racism. My friend, Doy Moyer, strips away political jargon, religious hypocrisy, and moral morass to cut to the heart of this issue. His post is succinct. Pointed. And Biblical.
“We can’t overcome the problem by just telling people to be better because the one critical element missing here is that people don’t know why it’s really wrong. “Because we are all human.” Yes, we are, but what does that really mean? If our existence is due to an accidental collection of atoms, and we are just animals on the tips and nodes of the branches of an evolutionary tree that resulted from mindless, purposeless processes that end in nothing, then we will never be able to go deeper than just saying, “We need to do better, because… we say so!” That is empty rhetoric, and any morality based on that is just as empty. Let’s address racism, but let’s address the problem as it is rooted much deeper than what mere moralizing can ever accomplish.”
“This is not just for talking to unbelievers, because Christians have serious issues with this, too. Yet, the underlying root of the problem is still there. Believers sometimes fail to think about the most fundamental reasons why human beings are important, why life is important, why morals are important. Teaching about racism from a mere moralizing perspective doesn’t cut it for believers either. If we are going to preach about the problem of racism, it is absolutely vital that we teach the nature of God and the nature of mankind as being made in God’s image. Build up from the foundation. Don’t undercut the foundation by pretending we can fix this by just telling people to be good.”
“Genesis 1 provides the foundation for our understanding, and the gospel applied answers the existing problem. Culture has undercut both for so long that we feel we have to try to address the problem from another perspective, and we are failing miserably. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)”
“Loving God and loving neighbor are still the greatest commands, and, frankly, we cannot properly do one without the other.”
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).
“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him” (Acts 10:34-25).
“…have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (Jas. 2:4)
Moyer concludes with this challenge, “Christians, of all people, need to be leading the way in teaching the truth about our Creator and about ourselves as those made in His image. If we are ashamed of this, then we are only contributing further to the festering wound that will not heal by artificial and superficial means.”
Thank you, Doy, for such a thoughtful and reasoned approach to an ever-challenging social and spiritual issue. May we purge our hearts of prejudice, partiality and racial prejudgment.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman
To learn about Doy Moyer and read more of his excellent writing, check out his blog. http://www.mindyourfaith.com/doys-blog