The best in humanity is that which conforms to the law of God. Want of conformity to that law is sin, corruption, and depravity. Such lawlessness alienates man from God, and man from man. And so the sinner finds enemies on every side.
Thomson, IL (PRWEB) April 22, 2013
Off The Grid News columnist Bill Heid tackles the issue of racism in his latest article, The Antidote For Relativism And Racism. Beginning with an examination of anthropology and continuing through the effects of extreme racism, he concludes that until one fully understands and accepts God and His authority, it is impossible for one to truly love all of humanity without bias.
Heid begins by describing the inherent flaws in the process and history of anthropology, the study of humans and cultures. He explains, “Growing up as it did in the West in the wake of the Enlightenment, it organized its assumptions and categories in terms of Cartesian rationality and Western technological process. Modern Western man became the standard of true, fully evolved humanity. Other men or man-like beings were sorted out on a downward scale from that starting point.”
He clearly states that this origin creates a very strong “Us vs. Them” mentality which leads to racism and the belief that Western people are the most civilized and have the right to dominate other peoples seen as less human. Heid remarks that as the field has progressed this trend has changed, yet problems continue to arise. Some questions include defining humanity, judging between cultures, and whether cultures should even be questioned at all. If there is no “Other” mentality, does anything remain but near-useless cultural relativism?
Heid counters the debate with the example of an Israelite captive working in the household of a Syrian general, told in 2 Kings 5. Rather than seeing her captives as “Other,” she sees them as fellow humans and wishes the mercy of God for them, even telling her mistress that she believed the prophet Elisha could heal her master. Instead of fear and anger, she reaches out with love and compassion.
As racism and cultural clashes continue to make headlines, Heid emphasizes that all people are finite creations made in God’s image and are all equal with one another even as they are “Other” from God. He states, “The best in humanity is that which conforms to the law of God. Want of conformity to that law is sin, corruption, and depravity. Such lawlessness alienates man from God, and man from man. And so the sinner finds enemies on every side.”
Heid concludes that God gives a standard of absolute love and morality through Scripture and “[through] the power of the Spirit, [a human] can learn to truly love his neighbor, even his enemy, as he loves himself.”
Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off The Grid News, an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.