Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, September 18, 2016
THE IDIOCY OF RACISM (Pt. 3)
“The Incompatibility of Christianity and Racism”
The churches of Galatia were facing a grave danger. Certain legalists had come among them teaching that much of the Old Testament Law was still binding upon Christians. They reasoned that God’s promises extended ONLY to Jews, and that Gentiles would have to be circumcised before they could fully experience salvation. These “Judaizers” did not deny that faith in Jesus was necessary, but insisted that it was inadequate one must add to faith observance of the Law.
This teaching was in direct contradiction to Paul’s preaching of “salvation by grace through faith alone”, that the Galatian churches had been founded upon. And so Paul wrote to the churches this great letter that we call “Galatians”.
In our text Paul offers us an admonition of playing by new rules. He uncloaks the old social rules and then tells us that someone has come along and rigged the game (so to speak). He reveals to us that Christianity and Racism are Incompatible. Two truths are revealed: Our old way of think shackles us, and, Our new way of thinking sets us free:
I. Our Old Way of Thinking Shackles Us: Gal. 3:22-23
II. Our New Way of Thinking Sets Us Free: Gal. 3:24-28
A. RACIAL discrimination is destroyed in Christ (v.28a, “There is neither Jew nor Greek”).
B. CLASS discrimination is destroyed in Christ (v.28b, “there is neither slave nor free”).
C. SEXUAL discrimination is destroyed in Christ (v.28c, “there is neither male nor female”).
CONCLUSION: CHURCH! LET’S SOUND THE TRUMPET!!!
1 Corinthians 14:8 says, “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” The church has been given the responsibility to boldly trumpet God’s truth so that are society has an understanding of what is right and what is wrong. One of the reasons we have such moral chaos in our society today is because the church has muted its trumpet…primarily because the church has wimped out.
- Some are racists because of “parental” influence.
- Others are racists because of fear.
- All racists are racist because of sin (James 4:1; Gal. 6:3).
- Christianity and Racism are incompatible (Gal. 3:28d-29, “for you are all one in Christ . . .”).