A published letter appearing in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper by more than 700 artists from Britain’s music world stated, “All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating. In recent months, through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and anti-Semites, plus those who advocate Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail.” (JPost, 8/4/20)
What perhaps is the most clever but yet dishonest use of the term “racism” is lumping anti-Semitism with the various “phobias” that are also being claimed to exhibit racism.
It doesn’t seem so long ago that homosexuality and transgender orientations were not widely accepted as a normal way of life by much of the public at large. It could be that religious principles were responsible for those positions. Both Christianity and Judaism, which have their basis in Old Testament scriptures, claimed that homosexuality was a result of sin and not sanctioned by God as stated in Leviticus 20:13 “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.”
Christianity, likewise held its position on homosexuality based on Romans 1:27 – “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
By linking anti-Semitism, a disdain for members of the Jewish race, with what is now called homophobia (another way of defining non-support of homosexuality) and transphobia (another way of defining non-support of transgenderism), a logical conclusion would be that one cannot hold scriptural views which forbid such lifestyles. To do so would then define you as racist.
Therefore, it is not a stretch to conclude that the scripture itself, which purports these positions is clearly racist in its claims.
However, a further examination of scripture will show that this is a book which many hold to be the basis of their faith, their laws and their code of behavior. There is never a watering down of what God expects of mankind nor is there ever an excuse made for what God calls sin – acts which separate us from Him and are a departure from righteous living.
In today’s highly charged political world, those who advocate for closed borders are conveniently termed as xenophobic. If you are of the opinion that your country has enough challenges making sure that its own citizens have enough employment and housing opportunities, thereby not choosing to add thousands of migrants to the mix, you are labeled as xenophobic whether the claim is true or not. The choice to reject a large influx of individuals who often come with only the clothes on their back, in great need of health care, housing and a host of other benefits, which may be unavailable first and foremost to that country’s citizens, can only be deemed to be the result of one’s fear of foreigners. No other explanation can be accepted as legitimate.
Likewise, a rejection of Islam as a true faith, can only be deemed to be the result of fear of Muslims or the faith of Islam. It surely cannot be the result of much of today’s terrorism being committed by proponents of radical Islam or even the Koran’s teachings to kill “infidels,” defined as those who do not adhere to Islamic teaching. God instructs his Muslim followers “to kill unbelievers, to capture them, to ambush them” (Koran 9.5).
Yet someone has cleverly found a way to condemn the scriptural condemnation of sin and to adeptly combine it with the evil of anti-Semitism, all under the guise of “racism.” By doing so, there is an elimination of transgression – after all, no one wants to be accused of racism, so one must accept all forms of sexual orientation in order to escape that intolerable stain of being labeled racist.
The problem is that scripture remains true, relevant and timeless in its appraisal of God’s standards. II Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
What today’s progressive thinkers seek to promote is that refusal to accept all forms of gender, sexual or religious orientation is tantamount to displaying racism, but in order to make that a more palatable claim, they add anti-Semitism into the other “isms” which most reasonable people would not reject.
The true faith community, as a whole, believes that anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment is unacceptable and would waste no time defending Israel’s right to exist as well as the preservation and continuation of the Jewish people’s cultural, religious and racial heritage. Conclusion – having the support of such a strongly moral community is a plus to shore up the transgressions so clearly outlined in the scriptures.
There is only one problem. True believers have no choice but to reject sin if they are serious about their faith. This means having godly discernment to recognize the deception of what is being lumped together as a modern-day evil known as racism.
To reject the notion that anti-Semitism is equal to homophobia, transphobia and the other phobias is to truly believe that the scriptures are racist in their condemnation of sinful life choices. The next step would be condemnation of the scriptures followed by rejecting the claim that God’s word is infallible and stands forever.
This is, clearly, the goal of those who live by the words of John Lennon’s “Imagine” – “Imagine there’s no countries , It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too.”
The next line says: “Imagine all the people living life in peace.”
Can there really be peace without the Prince of Peace? I can’t IMAGINE that!