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Six Bible Passages for Black History Month

What the Scriptures have to say about race and equality

Chris Colvin on February 14, 2020

February is Black History Month. Here are six passages of Scripture to consider when talking with your church about racial justice and diversity.

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

This truth is foundational. God created all human beings in His image. Gender, skin color, and other physical differences do not change that reality. (Also see Genesis 5:1.)

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”

Thankfully, the gospel is not just for one nationality, ethnicity or race. The gift of salvation is freely available to all. As Christ’s followers, our job is to proclaim this good news to the world. (Also see Luke 24:47.)

Romans 10:12

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”

God acknowledges the diversity of His creation, while showing grace equally.

The Bible is clear that believers are one in Christ. We should view one another as God views us. (Also see Galatians 3:28 and Colossians 3:11.)

Acts 10:34-35

“God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

God does not favor one person or group over another. He acknowledges the diversity of His creation, while showing grace equally. Believers should follow this example. (Also see James 1:2.)

Ephesians 2:14

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”

God wants to reconcile people to himself. He also wants to reconcile us to one another. The ministry of reconciliation does not stop at the forgiveness of sins. It destroys walls that divide, including race. Racial reconciliation, therefore, is part of a full-gospel ministry. (Also see 2 Corinthians 5:19.)

Revelation 7:9

“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

At the end of this age, all believers from all corners of the globe will stand before Jesus. They will represent every nationality and every color of skin. This is the true hope of reconciliation. (Also see Revelation 5:9.)

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