Is it wrong to dislike someone because of his or her skin color? Is racism wrong?

Here's the answer:

The way a person looks should not change how you feel about him or her.

God made all kinds of different people—short people; tall people; people with blue eyes; people with brown eyes; and people with dark skin, light skin, and medium skin (Colossians 1:16). God wanted everyone to be different from each other.

"Different" doesn’t mean "bad." The people around you may not look just like you, but that’s okay. They are special people too, and there’s nothing wrong with them if they have lighter skin or darker skin than you.

Not only did God create every person to be unique (which means they’re not quite like anyone else), He also loves each and every person. Everyone is special to Him. And He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for each person’s sins. God doesn’t care what a person looks like—if he or she believes in Jesus, God will forgive that person’s sins and give him or a her a place in His family (John 3:16; John 1:12).

Because of this, God has told us to love the people He created (John 13:34). It’s not okay to decide you don’t like someone because of his or her skin color. We need to see past how people look and see who they are as a person. We don’t have to be best friends with every person, but we do need to be kind and caring no matter what.

Bible Truth

"The royal law is found in Scripture. It says, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ If you really keep that law, you are doing what is right" (James 2:8).

"I (God) do not look at the things people look at. Man looks at how someone appears on the outside. But I look at what is in the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

"God treats everyone the same" (Romans 2:11).

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