A Pure Race?

A surge in the interest of genetics and ancestry has sprung up over the last few years. Websites advertise on television that you can find out what your ancestry is and where your family came from. One company even takes a saliva sample to determine your genetic make-up. By looking at the genetic markers, doctors can use that information to determine your predisposition towards certain diseases. Others search their ancestry simply out of curiosity.

One woman talks about learning her ancestry. A pie chart appears on the screen showing percentages of her genetic make-up. “I had no idea,” she says regarding her Native American ancestry. She is standing next to supposed Native American pottery. Looking closely at the chart, you can see that her Native American profile is only twenty-six percent. Twenty-three percent is Iberian. Another section of twenty-three percent is “other.” So, what is she? Totaled, those three percentages only equal seventy-two percent. Other percentages are: Eight percent, Asia; five percent, Africa; fifteen percent, Italy/Greece.

Another character thinks he is German; but after checking his ancestry, he discovers that he is Scottish. He changes his lederhosen for a kilt. His DNA reveals fifty-percent from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland (Even in that, he is not pure). Twenty-eight percent of his DNA comes from Scandinavia. Ten percent comes from Italy/Greece. Another ten percent registers as “other.”

All this research indicates that there is no longer a pure race. These various mixtures also show that being “bi-racial” is a myth. It is only a socio-political construct. DNA shows that we are all “Multi-racial” to put it in politically correct terms. Only one human race exists, and that is the human race. This can be demonstrated by persons of “differing races” having children. If we were not all the same race, that would be impossible. In reality, interracial marriage does not exist. All of us are human. There are no other races.

The Bible also reflects this truth. In addressing the Athenians, the Apostle Paul said, “[God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:26 KJV). One blood means Adam and Eve; and later, all of us as descendants of Noah and his wife. No race evolved from any common ancestor. Biblically speaking, no race is more evolved, and therefore superior to another.

While racism has always existed, it has no place in Christianity. For example, the word “barbarian” comes from a root meaning “stammering” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/barbarian?s=t) The Greeks looked down on others who did not speak as eloquently as they. Barbarianism means being crude, savage, and uncivilized.

Paul told the Colossians not to regard others in such terms. He said the new man “is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:10-11 KJV). Class distinctions should not be part of church life.

The study of DNA can also put to rest some myths that have persisted for around two centuries. Two religious views try to explain what happened to the supposed ten “lost tribes” of Israel. One view is that the tribes migrated north after their captivity and became the ancestors of the Anglo people. These people were to inherit the promises of Abraham, and that would explain the prosperity of England, and by extension, the United States. That is known as the Anglo-Israel theory. That has been proven to be false, but several churches still hold to that teaching.

The other view is that the “lost tribes” made their way across the ocean and became the ancestors of the Native Americans. More than twenty years ago a video came out showing that the Native Americans descended from Mongolian tribes rather than Semitic tribes. There is no genetic connection between Native Americans and Jews in Pre-Colombian times. Genetic studies have disproved both teachings.

If we are going to celebrate diversity, let us begin by celebrating the diversity within each of us. No one is a member of a pure race. If we learn to embrace this biblical truth, racism can come to an end.