Clearly the term race is used for people. The idea is the same. This a discussion started when somebody claimed that the idea of race in people was entirely different than breeds in dogs when in fact the genetics and causes for genetic differentiation are same are the same.
One is that the phenotypic differences between dog breeds are far greater than the differences between any two groups of humans, since dogs have been subject to much stronger selection for differing traits.
Quite true, for dogs, in healthy body mass alone there is at least a factor of 30 between extremes but I was pointing out qualitative similarities not quantitative similarity.
The human concept of “race” correlates quite poorly with real, genetically identifiable populations.
The idea of race is too persistent over many cultures on both sides of perceived status divides to dismiss it. Existent, yes, inexact yes, matters to Jesus, no.
I think the best strategy in all of this is to acknowledge the existence of races and the to say race does not in any significant way matter to Christians. Hence, we will not spend any time classifying people by race and will seek to overcome any barriers the concept of race, real and mistaken, produce. After all, we are interested in the soul, not the genes.
In this way we acknowledge the reality of race we retain credibility as truth tellers which will help us when we talk of matters of faith. Genetics and genetic differentiation, to use a less loaded if bulky term, is established and well known science, we deny it to our detriment. To see the detriment of denying well established science one need only look at the Young Earth Creationist issues.