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CLARITY – 12-30-19 Inherent Superiority


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-30-19

Inherent Superiority

What’s Happening: “The New York Times printed an op-ed Friday that was so offensive it lost subscribers, had to defend its position, and updated the article with a correction. Why all the brouhaha? Because the article speaks of the Ashkenazi Jews as genetically superior…justifying racism, eugenics, and nationalism. The article referenced a 2005 paper that promoted ‘a racist hypothesis.’ The New York Times may have printed a correction, but they mostly defended its position saying that ‘culture and history drive Jewish achievements’ ( ‘After publication, Mr. Stephens (the article’s author) and his editors learned that one of the paper’s authors, who died in 2016, promoted racist views. Mr. Stephens was not endorsing the study or its authors’ views, but it was a mistake to cite it uncritically.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! No wonder folks were offended. Is there really a race of inherently superior people?”

Biblical Response:  “No…and yes. Let me explain.  No…indeed, if anything, we all are inherently inferior. (Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:23). And it is this inferiority that is passed along (Acts 17:26). And yes…There IS an inherent superiority of those who trace their lineage to God through Jesus (John 14:6; Rom. 8:16-17). 

“Are Jews inherently superior? Yes, but then there’s the whole subject of what it means to be a Jew (Rom. 2:28-29). In fact, these benefits are only for those who deliberately choose to make Jesus Lord (Rom. 10:9-10); they come by blood alright…HIS blood! (Heb. 9:19-28).”

“Christians? We believe that inherent inferiority can be the motivation for a desire for inherent superiority (Rom. 4:16). And, of course, there is a cultural inherency. It’s like being an American: people line up to come here because of the benefits our Constitution provides for us all.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not look down with pity on those who subscribe allegiance to another god, but to recommend with gratitude and grace the relationship we have found with Jehovah; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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