Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, September 11, 2016
Series Theme: THE IDIOCY OF RACISM (Pt.2)
“The Essential Sources of Racist Attitudes”
Genesis 1:26-27; Galatians 6:3
Racism has no doubt been the scourge of humanity. It usually surfaces from generalized assumptions made about a particular race or cultural group. While it is wrong and unfair to assign particular negative characteristics to everyone within a racial group, it is done all the time. The bitter result of these racial attitudes is intolerance and discrimination.
Where does a person’s racist attitudes really come from? Four possible sources are: feelings of pride, feelings of inferiority, feelings of fear, and “Evolution” the BIG LIE.
I. Racism Is Generated by Our Pride: Genesis 1:26-27; Galatians 6:3
II. Racism Is Generated by Our Inferiorities: Psa. 139:13-16
III. Racism Is Generated by Our Fears:
A. Racially charged words –
B. Humor at the expense of other –
C. Stereotypes –
PLEASE DON’T GO THERE!! – “Interracial Marriage” (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
IV. Racism Is Generated by the Big Lie – EVOLUTION: Genesis 1:1, 26-27
CONCLUSION: Our Worldview Affects Every Area of Life:
The creation and evolution worldviews stand in stark contradistinction in many ways:
- Creationism teaches that the Universe is the product of an Infinite, Eternal, Omnipotent Creator; evolution credits time and random chance processes for the Universe and everything in it.
- Creationism declares that God created a variety of life on Earth; evolution purports that all life evolved from a common ancestor.
- Creationism maintains that morality originated with God our Creator; atheistic evolution implies that morality is a human invention without a universal standard.
- Creationism maintains that all humans, regardless of shape, size, or color, descended from an original couple created specially by God; evolution teaches that some groups of humans are innately superior to others.