We must not mistake temporal injustice for God’s primary concern. We need to cultivate heaven’s perspective on the world’s maladies, understanding that instances of injustice are not necessarily ills to be cured but symptoms of the comprehensive corruption of sin’s spiritual cancer.
Most of us have heard of Charles Darwin’s landmark work, The Origin of Species. But its full title exposes the dark philosophy and motivation behind Darwin’s theories: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.
Darwin believed that every ethnic group descended from different primates—and that some of these groups were more “favored” than others. The idea that mankind should be divided into various “races” only took root with the advent of Darwin’s evolutionary theory in the mid-nineteenth century.
That divisive worldview has no place among God’s people. Neither does the current sanctimonious quest for racial diversity within the church which ignores the reality of mankind’s common parentage—that God “made from one man every nation [ethnicity] of mankind to live on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26, emphasis added). In other words, we are all Adam’s children.
There is only one race. One. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is not speaking biblically.
The byproduct of our shared heritage is that every member of the human race has the same problem: “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Man’s depravity levels the playing field. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Although we’re not all as evil as we could be, there’s no part of our being that hasn’t been corrupted by sin, and we all stand equally guilty before our righteous and holy Judge.
Moreover, the truth of our corruption highlights the one dividing line that matters—the wall of enmity and separation between holy God and sinful men. From heaven’s perspective, humanity’s fundamental identity is not that of victims, but of perpetrators. In light of that reality, any form of prejudicial favoritism is an obscenity and an absurdity. Even the most legitimate claims to victimhood evaporate in light of to our offenses against God. The prophet Jeremiah raised an important question: “Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins?” (Lamentations 3:39). And yet depraved humanity is still looking for an excuse to plead its case.
The church should not encourage such cosmic myopia. We are called to indict sinners and invite them to repentance and faith—not to arm them with excuses that will fail to convince the Judge.
This current fixation on tabulating perceived temporal unfairness and injustice only blinds us to the fact that we’re all in the same boat—and it’s sinking fast.