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1) All races have one ancestor, Adam, created in the image of God, and all humans following from him are in God’s image such that there is essentially one Godlike human race.
“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis ).
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He is author of more than 50 books, including Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
And I think it was the origin of most of my deplorable attitudes towards other races in those days.
The only thing different is our skin color and cultural differences that every family has.
My boyfriend really is trying to look at God’s word to see what God teaches on the issue of interracial marriage, he’s listened to many good sermons on the topic, but he still feels ‘in his conscience’ like it may be wrong to marry someone from another ethnic background.
Then the apostle Paul, rooted in that theology of creation, says astonishingly to these arrogant ethnocentric Athenians in Acts , “He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth.” And I think the point there, the implication in the context of these proud Greeks who boasted of their ethnic purity over against the barbarians, was that those barbarians out there are family. You are all part of one race, rooted in one great, great, great grandfather, and your arrogance of separation is sinful.
Being human in God’s image compared to any racial distinction is ten million to one in terms of importance. Being human in God’s image is ten million and any racial distinction is one when you talk about what is important in life. 2) Step two in the argument: In Jesus Christ, God is creating a new humanity — you might say a new race — and it is called the Christian race (1 Peter 2:9–10).