The Coloring Of The Planet - Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV)

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Adam:  The Biblical term for man is Adam.  It means mankind or a man.  It also is the name of the first man in Genesis 1:26, 4:25.  And mankind includes both Adam and Eve (male and female Genesis 1:27.)

Babel:  Tower—Different languages / no communication / no unity, therefore dispersion

Noah:  Sons:    Shem — Ham — Japheth survived a great flood and dispersed to start again

Our differences are not essential but we are all varieties of the same one human race.

  • We are one human race dispersed at Babel to interact with the varieties of environment we encountered to ultimately form distinct social units for survival.
  • Each unit saw the world through the lens of its own culture and determined that the race was not one ocean with many seas and interconnecting lakes, ponds, and streams, but many ponds, each with its own truth.
  • Over time these “truths” hardened into laws, rules, and religions by which each  human group evaluated itself and others.
  • So as the human race proliferated, the various cultural groups focused on our                  perceived differences rather than our sameness, our oneness.

 

We are not many races, neither are we essentially different as humans, but we are one race in a variety of cultures, all varieties of one human genome / race.

Who are we?

In the 3rd Millennium as we ponder our planet—laying aside for the moment the tempting thought that there might be other civilizations or God-imaged life forms who are doing the same thing mid-way in their own God-ward development —“Where are we?  Who are we?  Where have we come from?  Where are we going?  Why are we here?”

First—let’s use “race” for the human race and agree that there is not a “white race” or “black race” or “brown race,” only the one human race with one human genome.  Just as there are oak trees, sequoia trees, pine trees, persimmon trees, but all are the same as trees.  There are Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Earth but all are planets.  They are all varieties of one.  The same is true of stars, flowers, rocks, fishes, birds, and snakes, etc. “each after its own kind.”  So there are white humans, brown humans, black humans, yellow humans, red humans, but we are all one human race with one set of human parents created in the image of God.

So here we are at the beginning of the third millennium looking at this from the social perspective of America.  America, like much of the rest of the globe, is in a state of flux and change and transition.  White America is becoming a colored nation.  Whereas it has been predominantly white European since its discovery in 1492 by the Spaniard Christopher Columbus and its founding in 1776, it is now turning from being predominantly white into large shades of black, brown, and yellow as immigrants arrive and proliferate through high birthrates while whites do not.

Racism:  Humanities Greatest Enemy

Racism is the single greatest enemy of the human family today.  Exacerbated over millennia by wars and fear and hatred since Cain slew Abel and Nimrod erected his failed tower.  What is racism?  It is simply the mistaken notion that race is identified by color and common social experiences, geography of birth, physical features of hair and skin.  This is a lie.  We are all one race—the human race—created by God to increase, multiply, and ultimately take dominion over God’s creation as one ruling race of people in harmony with each other and with the other created life forms in the animal and plant kingdoms.

The U. S. Is Changing

America is changing.  The same is happening in white Europe, yellow Asia, black Africa and the brown Islands of the sea.  But let’s focus on America—the United States in particular.

In the southeast blacks are proliferating much faster than whites.   Subjugated and abused for centuries they have arisen and now seek their place in the nation that humiliated them for personal gain.

In the southwest browns from Mexico and other South American and Latin American countries are flocking into Texas, California, and Arizona.  These are becoming a majority of the population in several regions.  Much of this influx is illegal.

Also in the southwest millions of yellows from Asia are legally infiltrating the United States on a daily basis.  Of course, as with the blacks and browns, once the yellow Asians arrive in the United States, some of them migrate to other regions of the country and spread among the population as they find employment.

This is the biggest issue facing our culture today—“racism”, the lie.  What we do about this issue will determine whether or not this great experiment in democracy (rule by the people) called “the United States of America” will succeed or fail.  How the Church handles this issue will determine our level of real influence and how we in the New Apostolic Reformation deal with it might well set a standard for righteousness in our day.

Historical Trends

Racial and ethnic demographics of the United States have changed over the decades since we began to keep records.  The African American (black) population was non-existent in 1610, but increased rapidly after 1620 due to the slave trade in the colonies.  By 1790 blacks made up almost 20% of the U. S. population.  However, this percentage of the total population declined in nearly every census until 1930.  Until the start of World War I, around 90% of all African Americans lived in the south.  In addition, before 1865, the large majority of them were slaves.

The Great Northward Migration started with World War I in which around 6 million moved into northern urban areas seeking jobs, less anti-black violence, discrimination and segregation.  This caused cities such as New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland to experience huge increases in the percentage of blacks in their population.

Whites (including non-Hispanic whites) have historically made up 80-90% of the U. S. population.  Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans were a small minority up to the late 20th Century.  Most Asian Americans live in the western U. S.   However, the Hispanic and Asian population of the U. S. has increased rapidly in the past 60 years while the black percentage has increased more slowly.  The number of Hispanics was only 10% in 1930 but has increased to 12.6% in 2010.

A study  of the following three charts derived from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia will trace this 400 year development from colonial days (1610) to the present (2010).

Summary of This Development

Whites

  • 1610—100% of total U. S. population
  • 1790—80.7% of total U. S. population
  • 1910—88.9% of total U. S. population
  • 2010—72.4% of total U. S. population (see below:  63.7% of non-Hispanic whites)

This is a 27.6% drop.  It represents 223,553,265 of a total population of 308,745,538.  However we should note that this 72.4% includes Hispanic-whites at 8.7%.  Non-Hispanic whites are just 63.7% of total U. S. population, down from 69.1% in 2000 A.D.

Blacks

  • 1610—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1790—19.3% of total U. S. population
  • 1910—10.7% of total U. S. population
  • 2010—12.6% of total U. S. population

This is a 12.6% increase.  It represents 38,929,319 of a total population of308,745,538.

Asian and Pacific Islander

  • 1610—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1790—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1910—.2% of total U. S. population
  • 2010—4.9% of total U. S. population

This is a 4.9% increase since just 1860 when the first Asian records were begun.

Native American

  • 1610—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1790—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1910—.3% of total U. S. population
  • 2010—.9% of total U. S. population

This is a .9% increase.  It represents 2,932,000 people.

Hispanic (of any race)

  • 1610—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1790—0% of total U. S. population
  • 1910—.9% of total U. S. population
  • 2010—16.3% of total U. S. population

This is a 16.3% increase.  It represents 50,470,000 people.  This is by far the fastest-growing ethnic population in the country.  The first statistic on Hispanics was in 1850 and was .5%.  By 1950 the percentage of total U. S. population had grown to 2.1%.  And by 2000 it was up to 12.5%.  In 2010 it stands at 16.3%!  The overwhelming majority of Hispanics in the U.S. (85% or more) were identified as white until 1980.

Other

It should be noted that “other race” and “two or more races” were chosen by 6.2% and 2.9% respectively.  That’s 9.1% of the total.

  • Whites                         63.7%
  • Blacks                         12.6%
  • Asian                             4.9%
  • Native American             .9%
  • Hispanics                    16.3%
  • Other                             9.1%

 

Projections for 2020 through 2060

The U. S. Census Bureau has projected that the U. S. white non-Hispanic population will become a minority during the 2040’s.  In December 2012, they projected that 2043 would be the year the U. S. would become a majority minority nation, with no single dominant majority.  By 2060 Hispanics will account for 1/3 of the total population.

Here are the projections between 2020 and 2060.

Conclusion

Conclusions for long-range planning for U. S. Christian leaders of churches, networks, educational institutions, and businesses:

  1. The United States has accelerated its pace toward becoming a true cultural melting pot nation.
  2. The balance of cultures in the U. S. must be a priority of ministry in the days and years ahead.
  3. While cultures must be respected and honored, “white churches” or “black             churches” will become a thing of the past in the U. S. except as the acts of small      rebellious groups.
  4. So-called “interracial marriage” will rise to the point that it will be common            place and couples will virtually ignore cultural restrictions on marriage that have been predominant in the past.
  5. Christian leaders should not condemn “racial” blending and discount color restrictions wherever possible.
  6. Christian leaders must clearly respect cultural distinctions, but beware of   identifying these with race.