The death of racism is not a concept created in political thinktanks. It is God’s very own design for a new reconciled humanity created in and through the sacrificial life, death, and resurrection of the Christ. Even if we may come to varying conclusions of what a biblically faithful view of race means, actively teach your people how to consider race and the Christian faith in the culture of your church.
Proponents of the multicultural church are sometimes targeted with accusations of kowtowing to secular political correctness rather than fidelity to the true message of the scriptures. It is critical, therefore, to establish a robust biblical and theological basis in framing the multicultural church as a powerful and contextually relevant expression of our mission.
In the first two posts of this series (part 1, part 2), I shared how God rescued me from my sins, used my seminary experience to expose my racism, and then expanded my vision for reconciliation. But my journey is far from complete. While I think I’ve grown a bit, I’m still aware that I have a long way to go. In this post, I want to share some reflections on the path forward.
In the first post, I shared how I arrived at my conversion packed with ignorance and hostility toward black people. But becoming a Christian launched an adventure in unexpected transformation. God slowly began to excavate my soul and hack away at the roots of racism. And I learned that the hostility that once burned within my heart was part of a bigger story that went all the way back to the beginning.
Over a series of three posts, I plan to trace the theme of racial reconciliation through the scriptures. My prayer is that together we will find a theological frame that will help us both to speak (Acts 15:7-11) and, by God’s grace, also to live (Gal. 3:11-16) as ambassadors of reconciliation (Eph.2: 13-19). In the final post, I want to share some observations that raise, I believe, some compelling questions. The primary audience in these posts will be other white pastors, beginning with the ones I serve in Sojourn Network.
Today, we're kicking off a new (!!!) category we're calling "Multi-". Read on to find out more about the work we look forward to sharing with you in the future and how we hope this new addition to the blog will help pastors plant, grow, and multiply healthy churches that last.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. A recent survey by LifeWay Research shows that 50 years later, not much has changed.
In light of this reality, we thought it would be appropriate and helpful to release a clip from an interview between Dave Harvey and Jamaal Williams, in which they discuss racial diversity and reconciliation in the church.
While America has made strides towards racial reconciliation she has a long way to go. God has called us to be a community of differences that supernaturally lives the abundant life together. Here we will focus on taking next steps towards racial reconciliation in predominantly white congregations.