“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” (Abraham Lincoln). Words matter and further, how we define words matters. This applies to us and also to others who are working to trip us up in our beliefs and in our understanding of God’s Word. We read in 2 Peter 3:16, “His (Paul) letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” Using the example of “racism” we see quickly how this tactic is used to distract, confuse and re-direct an issue to something else.
The use of the word “racism” in itself is meant to skip from truth to error without many even noticing. The truth is that there is only one race, the human race. Within the human race there are many ethnicities, cultures and national origins…but all one race. You may be thinking, “Well, we know what they mean.” But, do we? Racism indicates actual different lines of being, of origin. It automatically brings into question God’s creation of all humans as one race of people that God loved enough to redeem by the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus Christ. We must always adhere to the one God in His one Word and not deviate.
Professor Johann Williams of the University of Kent, says it this way, “We have a new elite that uses not racism, but anti-racism to invent differences between people which it exploits for its own ends.” This is a good example of the Left attempting to re-define and confuse in order to distract us from the false assumptions from the beginning. They use the word “anti-racism” to define what is, in actuality, the very definition of racism (if you call a tail a leg…). This ruse is used over and over in many avenues of thought politically and spiritually. If we are the ones the Apostle Peter refers to as,” ignorant and unstable people”, then we will be easily fooled to believe what is untrue. Worse yet, we may teach others the same falsehoods. Just consider Critical Race Theory (CRT) and what it is doing to distort and re-define real history only to promote political goals that destroy rather than teach the real facts of history.
What is the Apostle Paul warning us about when he says, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 11:3. Just as in the days of the first Christians, we have “super apostles” today (2 Corinthians 11:6; 12:11). Those who put on an air of superiority and master the skills of public speaking, word-smithing and advertising, to bend our minds away from the truth and accept what they are promoting instead. To guard against this, always return to origins. Sometimes, this is simple and other times difficult and time consuming, but always worth the effort. Help others to search for truth. Lead the way in doing the hard work of finding truth and speaking it boldly.
“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough…For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ…their end will be what their actions deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:4,13,15. Also see Galatians 1:6-9.
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