As a final say in our short observation of the love of Christ defeating racism, we must consider the idea that many believe Christianity to be the underlying basis for racism.
That is, there is a large group of people who see evil in the words of the Bible. They see atrocities occur in the scriptures and blame God for genocide, racism, and bigotry.
Is This the Church
There are far too many arguments to really cover in a simple blog post like this, but the main argument we must discuss is that many racist organizations are seemingly Christian organizations.
The Ku Klux Klan, and others like it, maintain Christianity as their basis for hate. Even Hitler used the Bible to justify his actions against the Jewish people because it made it easier for many to hate the Jews.
However, a strong case can and must be made that these organizations are not truly Christian. The defining factor that separates the Christians organizations from those that simply claim to be Christian is love.
Are These Christ-Followers?
1 John 3 gives us a very simple and useful guideline for discerning if one who claims to be a follower of Christ is actually so.
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (NASB)
This passage contains one key point, and the basis for our argument here. The one who is a Christian loves.
A Clear Roadmap
The Christian does not hate, and here hate is even compared to murder. The brethren here, is other Christians.
We all know that Christianity spans a multitude of races and cultures. Many people believe. The true Christian loves all races and cultures. The true Christian seeks out multicultural worship because that is the expression of Christianity.
Anyone else saying otherwise, that there are people groups who must be oppressed or destroyed, is denying Christ.
This is why Christianity is best expressed through the destruction of racism and why Christianity cannot be used as the foundation for hateful and oppressive groups like the Ku Klux Klan.