Donald Sterling, owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, has long been infamous for racist views and actions. For instance, he settled a housing discrimination lawsuit with the government for $2.7 million when he was accused of refusing to rent apartments to Hispanics and blacks. He made more headlines over the weekend when a racist rant was released to the media. Reaction has come quickly: President Obama called the remarks "offensive" and "ignorant," and Michael Jordan is "completely outraged." And rightly so.
How does God feel about racism? His word is clear:
How are we to feel about racism?
Christians such as William Wilberforce have been on the front lines of fighting against slavery and racism in all its forms. Donald Sterling's reprehensible statements show that we must be as clear and bold today as possible:Racism is sin. It is perpetuated by people whose low self-esteem causes them to devalue others, judge by stereotypes, and seek membership in a group they consider to be superior.
The solution is to see ourselves and each other as God sees us. We are members of one family, each of us made in our Father's image (Genesis 1:26-27). Jesus died for each of us (Romans 5:8). In heaven there will be "a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9). And racism will be no more.
Oswald Chambers warns: "You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person." Has this temptation found you today?
Publication date: April 29, 2014