Some people look to the Bible to justify their racist points of view.
Matthew 27:22-25, “22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23″Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!””
Antisemitism is hatred of Jewish people. Many people pull out this verse and get all worked up about how they killed Jesus. They even agreed that it would be on their kid’s hands as well. Too bad we weren’t pay attention to this verse: “34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:34) If Jesus could ask God to forgive the Jews responsible for his death, then shouldn’t we find it in our hearts to do the same for their descendants who had nothing to do with the crime in question?
Leviticus 25:44-46, ” 44″ ‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.”
Slavery and racism come hand-in-hand. It was because Pharaoh feared the Israelites that he forced them into servitude. The origins of slavery pertaining to Africans are lost in time. You can enslave something you think is equal to you or it would do you as much good if you enslaved yourself. The whole superiority complex of one race over another is an old story. The Egyptians were a cohesive society long before Israel existed. The European Society was much more developed than the African society. The more advanced the society, the more less-advanced societies that came into contact with them were at risk, especially if slavery was perfectly acceptable to the greater society. Sadly, slavery still exists today. It might not be as recognizable or cruel as its past forms, but so long as people are not free it is an evil we have to fight against especially if people justify it by pointing to Bible verses.
Galatians 3:26-29, “26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”