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Are Fundamentalists Anti-Black?

Published Oct 23, 2006
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Fundamentalist Christians, of all races, are the greatest people in the world; however, we are not always right. (Now, that admission will amaze some people and anger others, but it still remains a fact.) One of our big failures is to address the race issue. Most of us evade it, hoping maybe it will go away. But it doesn’t go away.

It is always wrong to mistreat anyone, to be unkind or unfair, or unreasonable. Christians are to treat others the way they want to be treated. We are to love our enemies, so we should have no problem loving, appreciating, respecting, and associating with blacks who are not our enemies! However we should not “use” Blacks to prove anything to liberals.

I believe I am without prejudice, but because I insist on treating people according to their own attitudes, actions, associations, and accomplishments, I am accused (usually by white liberals who make a big show of loving Blacks, while detesting them) of being a hater and bigot.

…I will accept no guilt for Whites who held Blacks as slaves for the first 240 years of our history—no guilt.

Let me make it clear that I will accept no guilt for Whites who held Blacks as slaves for the first 240 years of our history—no guilt. If such guilt can be justified, then Blacks must likewise accept the guilt of black chiefs who sold Blacks to white slave traders!

If a Black, living today, can prove discrimination he has every right to justice. That does not mean that government has the legitimate authority to tell a white (or black) businessman how to run his business. An American has a right to hate anyone, but not mistreat him. Of course, a Christian does not have that right. If a barber desires to only cut the hair of men with red hair, that is his right, although not a legal right today.

When businessmen lost their right to run their own businesses, it was hailed as a great victory! The businessman’s right to choose his own customers is more precious than the questionable right to get a haircut from a specific barber.

The public domain is another matter. If I had been a Black in the 1950s, I would not have used “black” rest rooms in publicly owned buildings without a protest. I would not have been satisfied with unpaved streets in my neighborhood or with inferior schools.

…any special treatment of Blacks to “atone for past discrimination” is insane, insensitive, and insulting.

A Black should be paid what a white man, with the same ability, is paid for the same job. Blacks should be permitted to attend any non-religious college and enter any profession on an equal basis with all other men and women. However, any special treatment of Blacks to “atone for past discrimination” is insane, insensitive, and insulting.

Blacks with character will not demand nor accept any special treatment. After all, if discrimination against Blacks was wrong fifty years ago (and it was), then why is discrimination against Whites not wrong today?

It is always wrong for Christians to treat people unfairly whatever their color, but it is a sin problem not a skin problem. Men hate because of sin. Men pay unfair wages because of sin. Men burn crosses and throw rocks and send scurrilous letters because of sin. Genuine Christians, who want to do right, don’t act that way. Churchgoing, psalm-singing hypocrites do act that way, and all of us get blamed for their cowardly actions.

Fundamentalists are much like everyone else, some good, and some bad. We, like all groups, have warped, worldly, and wicked people among us who hate others—often trying to use the Bible to justify it. But unsuccessfully.

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