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Race Relations in Light of the Word of God

By Pastor David Whitney

It is instructive to see what the Word of God states regarding how we treat others who are different from ourselves, different in any regard. We are commanded to treat all without partiality.

A coalition of advocacy groups will march in Annapolis on Sunday to call on Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides to support a state of emergency declaration on race relations in the county.

The group — led by organizations such as the Caucus of African-American Leaders and Anne Arundel Indivisible Coalition — are supporting a push led by county councilman Pete Smith, D-Severn, to declare the state of emergency in light of recent events in and near the county.

In May, a black Bowie State University student was stabbed to death allegedly by a white man from Severna Park. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility of prosecuting the case as a hate crime as the suspect, Sean C. Urbanski, 22, allegedly belonged a Facebook group called “Alt Reich: Nation.”

The same month, a noose were found hanging facing a courtyard at Crofton Middle School. Two men have been charged with committing and conspiring to commit a hate crime in the case.

Pantelides [Annapolis Mayor] said he is “sad to see that (race relations are) moving backwards instead of forwards,” but doesn’t believe the issues raised warrant a state of emergency declaration in Annapolis.

“I don’t think we’re at an emergency state in the city of Annapolis,” he said.

He added that he has some questions about the act itself, as he understands the declaration of a “state of emergency” can only apply to certain instances, such as a severe weather event or a need to quarantine an area.”1

There is also a demand from these same groups essentially that affirmative action quotas be established regarding the judges in our county. Which means that judges would be selected by the amount of Melanin present in their skin. Let me explain.

“Human skin color ranges in variety from the darkest brown to the lightest hues. An individual’s skin pigmentation is the result of genetics, being the product of both of the individual’s biological parents’ genetic makeup… skin pigmentation in human beings [developed] primarily to regulate the amount of ultraviolet radiation penetrating the skin, controlling its biochemical effects.

The actual skin color of different humans is affected by many substances, although the single most important substance is the pigment melanin. Melanin is produced within the skin in cells called melanocytes and it is the main determinant of the skin color of darker-skinned humans.

The skin color of people with light skin is determined mainly by the bluish-white connective tissue under the dermis and by the hemoglobin circulating in the veins of the dermis.…There is a direct correlation between the geographic distribution of UV radiation (UVR) and the distribution of indigenous skin pigmentation around the world.

Areas that receive higher amounts of UVR, generally located closer to the equator, tend to have darker-skinned populations. Areas that are far from the tropics and closer to the poles have lower intensity of UVR, which is reflected in lighter-skinned populations. Researchers suggest that human populations … have changed from dark-skinned to light-skinned and vice versa as they migrated to different UV zones.”2

So skin color isn’t even a permanent characteristic of an ethnic people group, it can vary if they migrate to a region that differs in the amount of UV radiation received.

To paraphrase a civil rights leader, should we judge people by the melanin content of their skin or by the content of their character? It is quite odd today that the movement which that civil rights leader began has been hijacked by those who call for the exact opposite of what he advocated. Today they demand we judge people by the melanin content of their skin. That we establish quotas based on melanin content, that judges are selected based on melanin content. I think it’s appropriate to ask, isn’t that racist? Isn’t any time we judge based on externals violating God’s commands?

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

And in Romans 2:11 we are told, “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Then in James 2:1 we are commanded, “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” Then we are warned in verse 4 that if we judge based on externals, “Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” Quite clearly Scripture condemns racism and all other forms of judging based upon externals. To do so, as James states, is to become Judges with evil in our hearts.

Drawing back the lens here for a wide angle view, what appears to be happening as a result of losing the White House, is the left is using every deceptive tactic in an attempt to retake America for their socialist agenda. The race game is but one illustration, in that game you will always see the bottom line is this, that civil government is the answer to ending the hate, ending the racism.


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