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Racist? and “The Races”

by Ken Ham

CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the popular Creation Museum,

and the world-renowned Ark Encounter and  answersingenesis.org

 

      Is your baby a racist? Well, Maryland’s largest school district seems to think so! They released a graphic that stated, “they’re not too young to talk about race,” along with “facts” about children and how they view so-called “race.” Their first “fact”? Your baby is racist.

     Now, they didn’t put it quite that bluntly. They stated:  “At birth, babies look equally at faces of all races. At three months, babies look more at faces of those that match their caregivers.”

Well, isn’t that what one would expect?

     By cherry-picking and misinterpreting data from a 2005 study, the authors of the graphic claim that three-month-old babies have racist behaviors because they look more at faces they’re familiar with. This is just another example of the ridiculous claims regarding so-called “race” that are being taught as fact in our public schools and by the media. Such claims distract from the real issues regarding the sin of racism and actually perpetrate racism by pitting groups against one another (and furthering the idea that there are different “races” which, biblically and scientifically, is utterly false!).

     Now, while I don’t agree that three-month-old babies are racist, I do agree that “they’re not too young to talk about race.” We should be teaching our children a biblical worldview when it comes to diversity long before the world can poison them with woke ideologies that perpetuate the very thing they claim they want to stop. So what is the biblical worldview? Well, when I teach kids on this topic (like in my book One Blood for Kids), I share about the “7 Spiritual Races in the Bible.”

     Created Race: God created two people in his image—Adam and Eve—on day six of creation week. We all descend from Adam and Eve and are all made in God’s own image. God put the genetic diversity for the people we see today into the DNA of Adam and Eve. Diversity in skin shade, eye shape, height, weight, etc. was God’s “very good” plan from the very beginning! All people are members of Adam’s race.

     Fallen Race: When Adam sinned, God’s “very good” (Genesis 1:31) creation was broken. So now Adam and Eve were fallen; they were sinners in need of a Savior. Since we all descend from that first human couple, we are all sinners. Because we’re sinners, we don’t love God or others as we should. When it comes to not loving others, the issue isn’t really skin—it’s actually sin! That’s why various forms of what we call racism have existed throughout human history in all different cultures. It’s because we’re all sinners with evil hearts, and people will often judge others by their outward appearance!

     Rescued Race: The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had children and that the human population grew and became increasingly wicked. In fact, it became so wicked God had to judge the world with a global flood. But in his mercy, God rescued a righteous man, Noah, and his family (along with two of every kind of land-dwelling, air-breathing animal) aboard the ark. This reminds us that God judges our sin but provides a way of salvation. That way of rescue is the Lord Jesus Christ.

     Divided Race: After the flood, Noah’s descendants rebelled, desiring to stay together and make a name for themselves in defiance of God’s command to spread out over the earth. To judge their sin, God divided their language, scattering the people over the earth. It’s because of this event in history that different people groups and different cultures formed. As groups were isolated by geography and language, certain genetic traits became dominant within the different groups. The division at Babel explains our differences!

     Saved Race: Because of our sin, every single person deserves the penalty of death. But Jesus, the God-man, stepped into history and lived the perfect life that we cannot live. He willingly died in our place on the cross, taking the penalty for our sin upon himself. He then rose from the grave and now offers the free gift of eternal life to all who will put their faith and trust in him. When we receive this gift of salvation, we become part of the “saved race.” (Editor’s Note: It is our belief that Baptism is an essential step in the process of Salvation.)

      Lost Race: To be part of the saved race, we must be born again (trust in Christ for salvation) because, on our own, we’re part of the lost race—we’re dead in our sins and separated from God. That’s the condition of every single person apart from Christ. Those who remain lost will spend eternity separated from God. But we don’t have to suffer that punishment for our sins because Jesus took our penalty for us. If we repent and believe, we receive forgiveness and eternal life through Christ. Because this has eternal consequences, it’s vital we tell everyone we can about the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers! This offer is available to every single person.

     Lamb’s Race: Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Yes, all humans are members of the “created race” made in the image of God, the “fallen race,” having a sinful nature from Adam, and the “divided race” of all kinds of ethnic groups. But it’s so very important that we also become members of the “rescued race” given grace by God, the “saved race” saved from God’s judgment, and the “Lamb’s race” covered by Jesus’ blood. Please don’t remain a member of the “lost race” under judgment for your sin. The good news is that God has provided a way back to him, so we don’t have to remain a member of the “lost race.”

     The 7 “races” above are explained in detail in the book “One Blood for Kids.”

Don’t let the world influence your children to be “anti-racist”—the new buzzword that really means “defeat racism by developing a racist attitude towards a different group of people and treating certain groups preferentially.” In other words, for many in our culture, their answer to the sin of racism is more racism. Teach them what God’s Word says so they can think biblically and tackle the real problems that exist in our culture in a way that is both honoring to the Lord and his Word and that will actually help people and restore broken relationships.

     As always, the answer is found in the truth of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Ken Ham is CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Exhibit.




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