Race and the Bible: Did Jesus 'Claim' White People?

About a week ago I was scrolling through Facebook, and sure enough, my eyes saw yet another post about what is going on in the world today. But this post was different than most. It was written with such certainty that Jesus did not ‘claim’ white people and that in fact, Jesus kept them out of the bible all together. I’ve actually not seen a post like this but I felt like it was important to share because I see so many take Scripture out of context when it comes to the social justice warrior narrative. I can’t claim I know all the answers, and it’s important to me to not take Scripture out of context, so I’m going to try my hardest to break all this down for you in a way that makes sense and is backed up by Scripture.

The short answer is no, Jesus didn’t claim white people. In fact, Jesus didn’t claim anyone. Why? Because Jesus doesn’t look at things like skin color, he looks at the heart. Scripture makes it clear that we are all made in the image of God. This means skin color and all. Did you know that God is the author of skin color? It was his plan to make us all different and unique, and for anyone to say he doesn’t claim a certain race is simply wrong and unbiblical. This is showing partiality, which the Word of God states is a sin. If one is to show any kind of partiality or favoritism they are sinning (James 2:9). God makes no distinction between the inherent value of one race or ethnicity over another (Deut. 10:17-19).

Another thing we have to go back to is Genesis 1:27 where it says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”. This means millions of the people who are walking the planet at this moment. We are all created in the image of God. Every person is created intentionally by God in his own divine image. Thus, every person is sacred and equally valid, yes even white people.

It has become a narrative nowadays to pin people against each other or clump a whole group together and assume the same ‘truth’ or ‘feeling’ about all of them. In this instance, it Is white people. According to the world’s standards, white people have privilege and white people are racist. They even were in the bible because they ‘lynched’ Jesus, which is the furthest thing from the truth. First and foremost, Jesus was not lynched but beaten, spat upon, and nailed to a cross. Also, if skin color is mentioned in the bible, it is referred to as a beautiful thing . It never mentions race or skin tones as indicators of racial or ethnic affiliations.

Not only is race a non-issue in the bible, Jesus often spoke against showing partiality. In Acts 10:34, it states, “So Pete opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality” (check out also James 2:1; 1 Tim. 5:21; James 2:9). It doesn’t matter who you are or what your skin color is, you are created in the image of God and equally welcome to salvation in Christ (Romans 5:8; 1 TIm 2:4; Rom. 1:16; Rom. 10:12; 1 John 2:2).

When someone claims that white people didn’t exist in the bible or that Jesus didn’t claim them, please understand that this isn’t biblical and it’s virtue signaling to its core. Again, we are all made in the image of God and making race an issue in the bible as an attack on people of a different skin color is inherently wrong. The Gospel isn’t a message about race and whether Jesus claimed certain people. No, the Gospel is the greatest love story ever told. We are saved through faith because it is the gift of God. Jesus died and carried the weight of sin on his shoulders so that we can be saved from eternal damnation in hell. He didn’t do this for just one race or skin color.

The gospel shows no partiality, and it’s disheartening that even as Christians, we aren’t living by what the bible says. Instead, we are feeding into the social justice narrative and even going as far as putting it in the bible where it does not belong. As Christians, we should be speaking up and defending the truth. We shouldn’t be putting words in Jesus’ mouth or ‘white privilege’ in the bible where it doesn’t exist. Christian, if you’re reading this, remember what Scripture says. Stop virtue signaling to fit in with the worlds standards. In case you didn’t know, you will never be woke enough. Don’t male the bible fit into the narrative you want it to. Read it, learn it, and know it.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

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