I requested a copy of The Gospel for Life Series: The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation for review on this blog, from B&H Publishing Group. I requested it, because this is an important issue. In the New Year, the Women’s Ministry Council will be discussing this issue in regards to how we build up diversity and unity within our local Women’s Ministries. I requested this book to help us prepare for this important conversation.
In 2016, the topic of race has been a hot button topic. Deep generational woulds have been festering as the bandaids put in place are no longer working. We are faced with truths that things are not that much better, at least not as much as we have convinced ourselves they had gotten.
I’ve listened to men and women recount their stories. My eyes are opened to realize that something I perceived as a small percentage problem is much greater than that. I’ve also witnessed people, who I have great respect and love for, say things that shocked me and made me question how well I know the hearts of those I include in my circle of friends.
When put on the spot, it is very interesting how our hearts will often be betrayed by our mouths. We will say things that reveal who we are on a deeper level. We also seem to allow a few bad apples to spoil the bunch, and use that excuse to dismiss that there is a real problem. We accuse the media of creating something, I would challenge the media is simply exposing the festering wound that has been there all along.
As Christians, if we believe that we are all made in the image of God… if we believe the scriptures that in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, man or women, servant or master but that we are all ONE… then how can we turn a blind eye to racial injustice in our world? How can we not demand better for our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Lord take these scales from our eyes! Let us see, truly see, what is happening and compel us to action!
In the book, The Gospel Life Series: The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation, the editors and contributing authors, begin at the beginning.
The truth is beautiful. Man and woman created in God’s image. Not some men, or some women. All of us. Crafted in the likeness of our God. Then man fell and we were distorted, but through Christ the old self died and we were a new creation. A new creation in God, in His image. All of us, regardless of the country we come from… the tint to our skin… the sound of our voice… the language we speak… the texture of our hair… the traditions of our culture… the food we eat… etc. One people, united in the family of God. Sons and daughter of the Most High.
These first chapters explore the biblical truths of who we are, what we were created for, how ethnic and cultural differences were viewed in the scriptures, and how Christ would have us respond. The latter chapters walk us through our personal response, in how we live out our lives, as well as how the church should respond. Chapter 5 caps us off by looking at our modern culture and how racism exists today and what we can do about it.
This book is an excellent read, at five chapters it is one you could get through on a weekend. I would challenge you to pray as you read through this book that the Lord would open your eyes, convict your heart if needed, and guide you to reconciliation when needed. However, I would also challenge you to share this with your Pastors and ministry leaders. As the church needs to be willing to stand up, united, to bring it’s family back together.