We are not better than racists. We all fall short of the glory of our impartial and loving God. God shows no partiality, but we cannot say the same.
One of the most offensive things the Bible says about racism is that it’s another form of partiality.
According to God, you and I are guilty of the same sin racists are guilty of. You are not better than racists. And I am not better than racists either. In fact, racists who hate people like me are no different than people like me who hate racists.
When racists hate black people like me, they are refusing to obey what God commands of them. And when I hate racists, I am refusing to obey what God commands of me. Racists refuse to love people like me as themselves—and if I hate racists, I am refusing to love them as myself.
Though critical race theorists suggest otherwise, racism isn’t an “omnipresent phenomenon”. It isn’t a unique sin—It isn’t an unpardonable sin. Racism is simply a particular version of a universal sin: partiality.
Racism is partiality against people because of their skin colour. Therefore, despite the havoc it’s wreaked on society, it isn’t necessarily more sinful than any other forms of partiality.
Partiality is judging a group of people differently than how we judge others. It is bias or prejudice that favours a kind of people at the expense of others. It’s a sin with many faces and many forms.