Ravi Zacharias on the “Sacredness” of Race and Ethnicity and Sexuality

“She said you know I have a problem with Christianity. And here’s my problem. Christians are generally against racism but when it comes to the homosexual they discriminate against the homosexual. How do you explain that?…

Here is want I want to say to you. The reason that we believe that discrimination ethnically is wrong is because the race and ethnicity of a person is sacred. You do not violate a person’s ethnicity and race. It is a sacred gift. And the reason we believe in an absoluteness to sexuality is because we believe sexuality is sacred as well…. You will help me if you would tell me why you treat race as sacred and desacralize sexuality.

Ravi Zacharias
6 minute mark of video

sa·cred
ˈsākrəd/
adjective
  1. connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.

So, according to Ravi sexuality is sacred therefore one is not to marry across unnatural boundaries of sex (i.e. — men with men or women with women). Likewise, according to Ravi, race or ethnicity is likewise sacred. Therefore it would seem we must likewise conclude, according to Ravi, that one is not to marry across unnatural boundaries of sacred race just as we are not to marry across unnatural boundaries of sacred sexuality.  If both race and sexuality are sacred, per Ravi, then both race and sexuality as sacred constituent aspects of who we are and of who God created us to be and so must be respected and honored when it comes to entering into marriage. If Ravi is going to say that Christians can not abide homosexual marriage because of the sacredness of sexuality then, if race or ethnicity is equally sacred, per Ravi, how could Ravi consistently, and without contradiction, advocate that entering into inter-racial marriage is something a Christian should advocate?

Ravi might want to rethink this one. If these connections were widely made Ravi’s popularity would suffer, I’m sure.

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4 thoughts on “Ravi Zacharias on the “Sacredness” of Race and Ethnicity and Sexuality”

  1. How did you come to the conclusion that “one is not to marry across unnatural boundaries of sacred race just as we are not to marry across unnatural boundaries of sacred sexuality”? Ravi who is Indian, is married to a white American woman.

    1. Sam,

      Please note this line in the post

      If Ravi is going to say that Christians can not abide homosexual marriage because of the sacredness of sexuality then, if race or ethnicity is equally sacred, per Ravi, how could Ravi consistently, and without contradiction, advocate that entering into inter-racial marriage is something a Christian should advocate?

  2. This is a gross misunderstanding of Ravi’s remarks. Homosexuality is a violation of God’s design for sex, and racism is a violation of God’s design for race. Interracial marriage is not a violation of either, so your commentary falls apart.

    1. Your second sentence, Anthony, may well be true, but that is NOT what Ravi said. He calls both ethnicity and sexuality sacred and then says that despite each of them being sacred that sexuality being absolute is not to be violated in terms of the boys going with girls. However, per Ravi, sacred ethnicity apparently can be violated and is not absolute and so inter-racial marriage obtains.

      It was not a good analogy on his part and if I have grossly misunderstood what Ravi said it is because he did not communicate well. If both ethnicity and sexuality are sacred and if sexuality, per Ravi, is absolute so that men don’t go with men in marriage, then ethnicity being absolute, per Ravi, that means, (like honoring the gender differences) ethnic differences must be honored… per Ravi.

      This has nothing to do with “my” commentary. I have given ZERO commentary. I’ve merely teased out the meaning of Ravi’s statement.

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