Racism and the Gospel Impact
April 28, 2021
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In these turbulent yet hopeful times, may this be a gentle reminder to love mercy and act justly. The labels we use, such as biblical justice, social gospel, another gospel, critical race theory, Marxist, racist, woke, white fragility, gaslighting, etc. seem to put the pedal to the floor of rage. But the continuing call to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God is hopefully not in the rear view mirror, but the view out the windshield.
Here are a few thoughts on racism. Some are taken from God’s Diverse & Unified Family (a synodical study report). I would invite you to read the short booklet (it’s available in pdf form as a free download). In addition, I offer a few thoughts of my own. You may agree or disagree with some of the statements. But the point is to be open to having a conversation.
What racism is:
What racism is not:
I hope you begin having the conversations. Start with those in your circles and go beyond. The goal, I learned, is not agreeing it is listening. Christ, the master listener is a prayer away.
If you need ground rules for having these challenging conversations, I would encourage you to consider restorative practices. Here are a few resources:
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