WilliamApes’ Bible-Based Arguments against Racism
WilliamApes’ Bible-Based Arguments against Racism
FollowingGeorge Zimmerman’s trial because of shooting Trayvon Martin, aremarkable outcry about the verdict has been seeping into thesociety. Many people claim that it was not fair, and it isunequivocal evident that the non-Americans receive a tremendousoppression and unequal treatment from the contemporary judicialsystem –both as plaintiffs and victims – as compared to otherAmericans. Such stuff has been left to the legal adepts to comment onhow appropriate the verdict is. However, one thing that most peopleare sure of is that no matter what they reckon about the verdict,racial prejudice continues to be the biggest problem in America. Onthe other side, William Apes, the Methodist minister, an activist ofthe mixed-race plunge, and a writer bases his argument about suchcontroversial judgment on Bible verses that are against racialdiscrimination. Therefore, this essay is going to focus on how Apesuses the Bible to argue against racial discrimination.
Inhis book ASon of the Forest,William Apes experiences several things in a native forest that thePequod tribe of Indians lived. He gives a story from the film calledFruitvaleStationand says that the movie was a fictionalization of the real-life 2010narration about the police officer who shot an unarmed black boy.Apes says that almost all African-American audience spurred thesuccess of the film. It was the single non-studio movie to show offthe top-ten earnings at the box office in the previous month. Theincident proves that there is still racial discrimination around theworld of justice. Ape states that people cannot ignore the fact thatmany people in the US feel that they are despised and considered asthe second-class human beings.It has to trouble each right-thinking American, especially theBible-believers.He says that the Bible has been misused and twisted to justify racialprejudice. It is evident that the Scriptures make a steadfast casefor racial equality and against racial discrimination (Apess,2007).Below are some of the Biblical quotes that Apes uses to argue againstracism.TheValue of any Person Comes from their Creator
Apessays that God made human beings in his own image, in the image ofGod, he created people, male and female he created them (Genesis1:27). Humankind shows the complete and explicit work of the master,God. Apes encourages people to mull over this statement’simplication. He asks a question about why the original Renoir isworth thousands of dollars, but the print of the same image costsaround $30. Similarly, he argues that the humankind, whetherHispanic, White, Black, Asian, mixed-race, and so forth, is thecomplete work of the Almighty God and should be respected. In thisargument, Apes values all individuals and leaves no room for racialdiscrimination.
GodDoes Not Make Distinctions Based on Social or Physical Attributes
Inthis case, Apes narrates the story of Samuel. He says that when Godsent him to anoint the next king of Israel, he was at first convincedthat a person with a physical and impressive stature was the Lord’schoice. Apes says that God sent him straight by telling him that “Donot consider his body physique or his impressive height, for I willnot accept him.” (1 Sam. 16:7). It means that God does not look atthe physical things or the way people carry out their duties. Helooks at the person’s heart and the strength of faith. However,human beings judge other people via looking at their strength andappearance, which Apes says is against the will of God. He alsoexplains the issue from the New Testament where the Apostle Paulstates “There is neither Gentile nor Jew, neither free nor slave,nor is there a man and woman, people are all one in the eyes of theLord.” (Galatians 3:28).
ConsiderOther before Yourself
Inhis mission of preaching the word of God, Apes tells people that inall Scriptures, God encourages the individuals to treat others withdignity and respect. No verse in the Bible classifies individualsbased on their race. In the letters that Paul sends to thePhilippians, he encourages the believers that humanity is to valueothers above themselves, not looking at their (believer) interestsbut every person should consider the benefit of others (Philippians2:3-5). In this case, Apes concludes by saying that if anybody usesthe Bible to justify their mistreatment, they will be disappointed.
GodCall His People to be Reconciled
Apesadvises those who racially discriminate others to come to God and askfor forgiveness for it is sinful. The Bible tells people to resolvetheir differences and turn to Godly ways. Whether it is a faithcommunity, family, or a country in conflict, the Scriptures say thatreconciliation is the only way. In Mathew’s Gospel, Jesus is foundinstructing his disciples in this principle: Therefore, if people areoffering their gifts at the altar and in the process, they rememberthat their brethren have something against them, they should leavetheir gifts in front of the altar. Then, they should go and bereconciled to them, then come back to the altar and offer their gifts(Mathew 5:23-25). Apes says that God is serious about reconciliationand will not be ready to accept any offering from people who have notsolved their conflicts with one another. What Apes means in thiscontext is that if the US does not realize that God is against itsracial discrimination on other people, their pleas and offerings willnot be accepted in heaven.
Apessays that the Bible’s matching orders to the US Christians arecoherent: get dire about the healing of racism wounds. The Scripturesare against discrimination and supports reconciliation. Apes tries toanswer some questions about how reconciliation can be done and how toquell racial prejudice. He turns to the book of Proverbs that says,“A fool finds no pleasure in comprehending, but delights in airingtheir opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2). What he means is that if peopledo not want to be fooled, they ought to understand other peoplerather than broadcast a monolog of their sentiments. Ape concludes bysaying that the cure of racial prejudice is compassion and humility.The racism wounds will start healing if people seek to understandeach other.
Apesis one of the global writers and preachers who finds no discerniblereason of discriminating other people regarding their race. He hasused Bible verses to advocate against racism. He says that Godcreated everybody in His own image, and mere human beings haveformulated the issue of race. Apes generalizes his preaching againstracism by adopting Jesus Christ’s statement about the rightdefinition of the term “neighbor.” Apes also reacts against suchissue by echoing Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan and says loveand reconciliation are the only key elements that can eliminateracism.
Apess,W., & O`Connell, B. (2007). Ason of the forest and other writings.Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.