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A Christian Approach to Racism - Part 1

Although a rich and powerful man in the East, Job did not abuse other human beings. He treated everybody with dignity, respect, courtesy, compassion and justice. Although he understood that people differ, that some are superiors and others inferiors in office, talents, gifts, strengths, and the like, he believed that all people are equal before the Law of God that judges all people justly and "blindly," i.e., without regard for race, sex or status. People were not things to be used by him, but people created in the image of God to be respected. He would even allow his slaves, if there ever had a complaint against him, to take him to court to adjudicate their claim. He held this position for two reasons. First, if he despises his slaves' case against him, what will he do when God arises and enters into judgment with him who is God's inferior? Second, both slaves and masters are created by the same God, in the same manner of birth, through the same human means, therefore, slaves and masters are substantially "brothers" with equal accountability before the Law of God. To declare and maintain his integrity, which was under assault by three of his friends, who were really his tormentors, Job took a vow swearing to his just treatment of others. He said, in effect: "May God rise and judge me, if I have treated other human beings as less than they are: the image of God. May God rise up against me, if I ever see those who are in lower places of power and wealth and productivity, as created inferior to me and to be treated by me as if they were physically, spiritually, intellectually and socially inferior to me. May God rise up against me if I ever become a racist. May God judge me if I ever discriminate against another human being because of the color of his skin. May God judge me if I do not regard others as more important than myself, and if I look out only for my own personal interests, and not for the interests of others."