What does the Bible say about race and the church–a resource guide.

Yesterday, I was able to handle the question that was asked, “What does the Bible say about race and the church?’” (You can hear the message here.) I promised those in attendance that I would post some of the resources that I used to put together the message…and here they are.

I am certain that it goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: there is no 1 resource, person, article, book, video or message that is without it’s stretches and/or error. That includes anything that I might write, produce or speak. The only source of authority is God, and we have is Word in the Bible. So, while these are incredibly helpful and insightful, please don’t forget, we must run to the One who not only knows all things, but created all things.

The Big Point

While this wasn’t part of yesterday’s message, while it isn’t necessarily about racism, the idea behind this YouTube Video is the idea we must be aware of, and keep in mind at all times: we are all created in God’s image, share a common biological unity in Adam’s, suffer the consequences of a common problem, sin, and can only find the solution in 1 place – the saving work of Jesus Christ.


 

Resource

Go to the New York Times interactive Census Map, and enter your address, enter your zip code. Hover over the map, and see the ethnic demographics of your town, Bolingbrook.

Books

Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity, Edward Gilbreath

Bridging the Diversity Gap: Leading Toward God’s Multi-Ethnic Kingdom, by Alvin Sanders

United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith

What Color Is Your God? (Multicultural Education in the Church), by James and Lillian Breckenridge

Blog Articles

Alvin Sanders gives an overview of Divided by Faith.

Trillia Newbell on her experience seeking to help her white friends understand the plight of African Americans and the need for Christian empathy.

“I am strongly opposed, as are most, to any form of modern-day slavery. But I must confess an unsettling truth: I discriminate on the basis of race.” An eye-opening article from a pastor.

“Can American Christians find themselves in gospel-centered, multi-ethnic, multi-racial churches that are integrated both in and beyond the Sunday gathering? Can this be normal? Based on the Scriptures and my personal experience, I believe the answer is “no and yes.””

A Gospel-Centered Church Will Have Their Eyes Open to Racial Issues

A great 7 part series by Pastor JD Greear. Simple, and to the point. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

Christena Cleveland did a 6 part series on how to listen while being a person of privilege. There are some helpful reminders here. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Why I Wanted to Go to the Million Man March

A very helpful discussion and illustration of the issue of racial insensitivity.

Message

Pastor Anyabwile challenges 5000 pastors to take another look at what they think about race. Here is the synapsis. “The majority of people have identities and lives that have been based on assumption regarding the notion of “race.” We need to change toward a more biblical theology of ethnicity. First of all, it is important to define terms and use them properly, especially “race” versus “ethnicity.” The Christian needs to understand man’s unity in Adam, union with Christ and unity in the church.”

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