According to the gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was in the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” Matthew 15: 21-26
This sounds extremely harsh coming from someone who has the status of the son of God but with some context there are three important lessons to learn:
#1-During the time of Jesus his country was taken over by the Roman empire and God’s people suffered tremendous hardships. Being a spiritual/civil rights activist and leader with an urgency to save his people from the oppression of Roman rule, he had no time to be distracted.
#2 -Take care not to squander what you have on frivolous things. Be wise and use it to make your children future bright and to advance your purpose. (“It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs”)
Was he calling the woman a dog? No! This was a metaphor illustrating the seriousness of this principle.
#3 -Be persistent, never give up in the pursuit of your goals: The woman said (“Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”)
Jesus is no racist. He’s a defender of the underprivileged and the outcast. After the death of Jesus the oppression of his people intensified. Their homeland was chopped up and divided amount violent people. They have suffered the worst crimes in the history of man: The Atlantic slave trade, segregation, integration, Jim Crow…
Today 2,000 years after the execution of Jesus and 50 years after the assassination of saint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. God’s people are still targeted. The rhetoric has changed and some progress are being made. The people of God has moved up the ranks in areas of government, business, entrepreneurship, sports and entertainment. There is the harmony of the races as presented by Disney and Nickelodeon television channels.
These seeming progress are for the most part illusions in plain sight. The reality is; in proportion to the growth of the nations, God’s people are at a virtual stand still. The prisons tells the true story, The wide and widening wealth grap tells the true story, the murder of God’s children by the hand of those in authority, the mass deprivation of a good education specifically designed to meet their unique needs, The use of eugenics and malnutrition as a weapon against them tells the true story of a continual practice of foul play in the race for wealth. Racism is institutionalized, it is a fix and firmly rooted part of the matrix that maintains the existing state of affairs.
In the Race For Wealth, it is a good thing when other groups bring their culture, services and products to other neighborhoods and communities, providing means and ways of meeting needs and desire.
On the other hand, when a group of people don’t provide food, housing, financial institutions and education etc for themselves; they are committing racial suicide!
Now in what seem to be a hopeless fate, God’s people awaits the return of Jesus.
The good news is, Jesus is here; in all of God’s people. The burden is upon us to save ourselves. With God’s help and the persistence of that Gentile woman, our works coupled with faith, shall make us whole again.
Source: Was Jesus A Racist?