In the wake of the senseless killing of nine church attendees in Charleston, South Carolina last week, there has been much attention to the issue of racial supremacy. Dylann Roof is suspected of committing the Charleston murders because he believed that the white race has greater dignity than the black race. Racial supremacy is rightly condemned by those all over the political spectrum. And yet, strikingly absent from the dialogue about racial supremacy is the main reason why there is no race of mankind that is supreme over other races of mankind.
It is left to those of us who believe in the Bible to point out that there is no supreme race because God has created all humans in his image. Those who believe in atheistic evolution do not have recourse to this divine grounding for the equality of the dignity of all races. The biblical facts are these: Every human being is composed not only of the biological inheritance from his parents, but also the spirit that God created from nothing and bestowed to him as an individual. Thus, every human being is made in God’s image. This fact means that every human being has high dignity and responsibility, but no more than any other human has. Consider the following important passages, each of which teaches that all races are equivalent in dignity and responsibility before God:
- Genesis 1:26-27. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- Ecclesiastes 12:7. [A]nd the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
- Ezekiel 18:4. Behold, all souls are mine (emp. added).
- Acts 17:26. [H]e himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and he made of one [that is, of Adam] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation … (emp. and bracketed item added).
- 1 Corinthians 15:29. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish (emp. added).
Notice the teaching of these passages: Every human being from every race has a soul that was made in His image, given by Him, and which is accountable to Him. That is why there is no race that is any more dignified than any other.