Bible verses about racism and discrimination
There are many Bible critics who take passages out of context and say, “there is so much racism in the Bible. God condones it and He approves of slavery.”
These are lies brought on by Satan and his children. Scripture does not promote racism, discrimination, or prejudice and I will show you from Scripture.
- “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Racism is not an opinion it is an offense.”
- “Nobody’s born racist. Society teaches it.”
- “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Is racism a sin? Yes!
1. James 2:8-9 Indeed, if you keep the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Racism is the same as murder in the Bible and no one who lives in such a way will enter into Heaven.
2. 1 John 3:15-16 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
3. 1 John 2:11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
Scripture strongly condemns prejudice and favoritism. We should not be judging off of appearance.
4. John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge the righteous judgment.
5. James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
6. 1 Timothy 5:21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.
7. James 2:4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
We must follow the Lord. God does not show favoritism.
8. Acts 10:34-36 Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)
9. 2 Chronicles 19:6-7 He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you when you render judgment. Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”
10. Colossians 3:25 The person who does wrong will be paid back for the wrong he has done. God does not play favorites.
The Israelites were to love foreigners and strangers.
11. Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
12. Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Scripture tells us to love others as ourselves and think of ourselves less.
13. Mark 12:31 The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
14. Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
15. 1 John 4:19-21 We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.
God offers salvation to everyone. God wants us to spread the gospel to all the nations.
16. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
17. Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
18. Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
There is only one race, human! At the end of the day we all bleed. There are different ethnicities of the human race, but we all are made in the image of God.
19. Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
20. Acts 17:26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Many people hold on to racism, but if you have ever been racially profiled or if you feel as if you have been discriminated on in the past let it go and forgive. God knows! This world is full of sinners. Just like He has forgiven you forgive others.
21. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
22. Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Many people say, “God is a racist.”
They say He hates black people and He made them slaves in the Bible. That is a lie. God hates slavery.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say African Americans were slaves and the kidnapping slavery of long ago was punishable by death in Scripture.
In the Bible people voluntarily sold themselves into slavery for food, water, for a roof over their heads, etc. Christians fought to end slavery. These are things that critics never mention.
23. Leviticus 25:39-42 If your brother becomes impoverished with regard to you so that he sells himself to you, you must not subject him to slave service. He must be with you as a hired worker, as a resident foreigner; he must serve with you until the year of jubilee, but then he may go free, he and his children with him, and may return to his family and to the property of his ancestors. Since they are my servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt, they must not be sold in a slave sale.
24. Deuteronomy 24:7 If a man is found kidnapping a person from among his fellow Israelites, and regards him as mere property and sells him, that kidnapper must die. In this way you will purge evil from among you.
God was angry with Aaron and Miriam for criticizing Moses and his interracial marriage.
25. Numbers 12:1-10 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them. When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease.