This morning at Restoration Church we walked through Ephesians 2:11-22. In this popular passage, Paul deals with the issue of race and grace (listen here). Many have asked us why we take so much time talking about this “social” issue. First, let me be clear. This is NOT a social issue, it is a sinful issue. The reason we spend so much time talking about it is because Christ spent so much time talking about it. It’s that simple. We concluded this morning that we, as believers, must develop some basic gospel rhythm’s if we are going to be the church we could be and the church we should be. Here are those gospel rhythm’s (These are not my own):
- Repentance: Every one of us in this room are guilty of racism. We must name our prejudices what they are – sin. We must confess this to God and to one another. We must seek forgiveness from God and one another. We need to plea with God that He would change our heart.
- Grow in our awareness: We all have blind spots. Those of us who are in the majority culture need to grow aware of what the minority culture experiences and feels. Those in the minority culture need to grow aware of what the majority culture experiences and feels. We need honest conversation with each other and not be blinded by our cultural differences.
- Intentionality: We need to be intentional about building real, authentic relationships with those who are different than us.
- Perseverance: We have to work hard to see things from a different perspective. We have to labor hard to see things from the eyes of another. We have to let the gospel shape our thinking and not the culture.
As an effort to better educate you on this topic, I’m including some additional resources that would be very valuable tools for you to grow in your own relationship with the Lord. These tools will also be helpful as you dialogue with co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors about this issue. I hope you enjoy these.
- ERLC. Leadership Summit
- Redeemer Resources.
- UNITED: Capturing God’s Vision for Diversity.
- Bloodlines – John Piper
- Letter’s to a Birmingham Jail