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Do you think people of different races will ever get along? I'm a member of a minority race, and I get very discouraged.
Billy Graham writes, "Racism is a sin, and because we live in a sinful world, racism will always be a potential danger. But that must never be an excuse for racism ..."
Where did all the different races come from?
Billy Graham writes, "God created [the races] and gave them their unique identity. ... But God did not create the strife between races, nor did He intend for it to be that way."
My parents say their racial prejudice is supported by the Bible. Are they right?
Billy Graham writes, "No, the Bible does not support racial prejudice of any type. God created the whole human race and His love extends to the whole human race—and so should ours." Read more.
My late father claimed to be a Christian, but he was a very prejudiced person. Wasn't it wrong of him to be like this?
Billy Graham writes, "Racial or ethnic prejudice of any kind is a sin in the eyes of God. Why is this?"
Do you think our nation will ever completely overcome its racism?
Billy Graham writes, "Perhaps not; racism has its roots in human pride and sin, and these will never be completely erased until Christ comes again. But that shouldn't keep us from trying to eliminate the barriers that divide us."
My aunt grew up prejudiced. Is it too late for her to change?
Billy Graham writes, "No, it's never too late for someone to change—although the older we get the harder it becomes. But God still can change someone's attitude if the person is willing."
What do you think is the greatest social problem in the world today?
Billy Graham writes, "Racism is a worldwide problem that leads to countless wars and conflicts. It also is at the root of much of the world's injustice and poverty."
An acquaintance of mine claims to be a Christian, but he's very prejudiced against other ethnic groups. How can he feel this way and still be a Christian?
Billy Graham writes, "Racial or ethnic prejudice is a sin in the eyes of God, and no Christian should allow his or her heart to be filled with prejudice. Prejudice and hate go hand-in-hand, and hate is the opposite of Christ's love."
Why can't my family just accept my interracial marriage?
Billy Graham writes, "Racial prejudice is a sin—and one reason is because of the conflict it inevitably causes. ... In God's eyes, no racial or ethnic group is any better or worse than any other, and 'he made every nation of men' (Acts 17:26)."
Are some races or ethnic groups better than others? My father-in-law says the Bible teaches this.
Billy Graham writes, "No, he is not right. God created the whole human race, and He gave each one of us a soul or spirit that sets us apart from the animals—and also makes us equally important in God's sight."
A Conversation with Howard O. Jones
The first African-American member of Billy Graham's Team talks about the continual work of racial reconciliation.
After the Crusade
Much prayer, training and strategizing go into the preparation for a Crusade, but what happens in a community after an evangelist has come and gone?
Retired BGEA Associate Evangelist Howard Jones helped Billy Graham reach many people of color.