A rigid policy of segregating and economically and politically oppressing a segment of the population. This racism, based on prejudice is generally associated with the former stance of the Republic of South Africa directed at the non-whites. The Bible, while recognising there are different ethnicities within the human race, acknowledges all people are made in God’s image and all need to turn to Christ for forgiveness (Act 17:30; 2 Pet 3:9). If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died (Gen 1:26,27; Mt 25:35-45; 2 Cor 5:15). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are insults to the work of Christ on the cross.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).

See also: discrimination, prejudice, race/racism.