Let us get something straight about racism: it is a lie.
Racism is based upon Darwinistic Evolution and the consequent belief that different ‘races’ of people descended from monkey’s or apes, and perhaps some of them are more fit than others. It is a disgusting concept when held up to the light of scripture.
Acts 17:26 teaches that every person is descended from one man: Adam. Moreover the Bible teaches that mankind is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Therefore to hate another human being (Matthew 5:21-22) is an assault ultimately on the image of God. For this reason, racism is sinful.
That said, Christians should be watching the Donald Sterling story with open eyes. The case, largely being played out in the court of public opinion, is demonstrating and setting a very serious precedent for Christians. Just exactly what is at stake and what am I driving at? Take a look at this:
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not have the authority to stop a $2 billion sale of his team because he has been determined to be mentally unfit to make decisions related to the family trust…
Perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions, but I believe we are watching the destruction of Christian rights from a safe distance. Now, to be fair, I do not have access to Sterling’s court records and psychiatric tests. But as far as I can tell, and as far as anyone else can perceive – the only thing wrong with Donald Sterling is that he takes his apparent Darwinistic evolutionary theory seriously. In short, he seems to be a racist. That’s too bad, and I hope someone can get close enough to him to share Christ with him.
The real damage to rights here – and the potential damage to Christian rights – is in the fallout. In the court of public opinion, and now apparently in a real court somewhere, He has been banned from a game he loves, fined $2.5 million, and now he is forced to sell a commodity he owns – all without breaking a law. As far as I know (AFAIK), being a racist – that is – thinking someone is worth less because of their skin tone, while wrong, is not against the law in America. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) I recognize, by the way that acting out racism in some way may be against the law, but thinking like one is not. At least it wasn’t. The new category of hate crime has made private thoughts a collaborating factor in judging actual crimes. It seems in the case of Don Sterling we’re going one step further. He is penalized for thinking, not for acting.
This is crucial. Sterling’s thoughts have been deemed unacceptable by the culture. Society had ruled that because he thinks this way, he is unfit to hold property. But pay attention: As far as I know he has not broken any laws. The end result is a “thought crime”. The old Miranda rules declared that anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. It has now been amended by precedent: what you think may now be used against you.
EDIT: I’ve been instructed a bit in the way a family trust works. There are certain ways to deem someone unfit without involving a court of law in the strict sense. Perhaps a civil court. IOW it is the rules of the trust which are being used. Nevertheless the point stands, it is the thought, not the action, and apparently not a real degrading of mental capacity that renders Sterling mentally unfit. To this end, the point of the post still stands.
Today the tide is turning (indeed appears to have turned) in a different area of the cultural mind. Homosexual community activism has successfully appended sexual preference to the racial movement. Many others such as Albert Mohler have done more than an adequate job of poking holes in that argument. Following that line of thinking in this post would be to digress too far. Let it suffice for the moment to say that I disagree. Being gay is not the same thing as being Black, Hispanic, Asian, or White.
Moreover, While the Bible decimates racism by denying that Darwinian races actually exist it also clearly enough states that homosexual activity is sinful. Phil Robertson got in a heap of trouble in this culture for saying it out loud. No shocker there either.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:18, NASB95)
Those of us who know Christ are called to love gay people enough to winsomely call them to repentance and Christ. But it seems we may be living in an age soon enough where daring to speak against the cultural hive-mind just might render us unfit to own property.
It’s already illegal to be a Christian in places around the globe. How much longer till it is no longer legal to call people to Christ here? If you dare to share the gospel, and point out sin and judgment in the process, are you prepared to have your rights taken away because you refuse to call evil good and good evil?
Maybe we should just get ready for it.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10–12, NASB95)
For further reading: Hebrew 10:32-36