Why Racial Reconciliation Matters
Rachel Held Evans invited Grace Biskie to reflect on racial reconciliation on her blog this week. Grace’s perspective is an important one to hear. Check out Church Stories: A Plea to Engage in Racial Reconciliation.
From the article:
The problem with disengaging is that it’s not what God intended for us. I believe God expressly asks us to love people who are different than us. He especially desires for us to love those who would be considered our enemies. Take a look at Revelation 21; we know how this ends: We live in that not-yet-but-all-ready-here Kingdom, where God will bring together every tribe, every tongue and every nation, all of us speaking our own language, wearing our own cultural garb, eating our good cultural food. I’m talking about the day when Jesus’ redemption brings total shalom to all peoples, complete peace between all people and God, all people to all people. In this partay of ALL partay’s, the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s will have a glorious celebration together. That final picture includes African-Americans and white Americans together…with no funky attitude problems.
Greg looks at Galatians 3:26-29. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0370.mp3
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Greg Boyd, Brian McLaren and Brian Zahnd apologize to the African American community for the church’s complicity in the oppression of African Americans throughout American history. Video by Rex Harsin
Jesus Christ is not just the Lord, Savior and Messiah of the Jews: he is the Lord, Savior and Messiah of all people. Through Christ a kingdom is being established that tears down tribal walls between races and re-unites and reconciles people together in the love God. Paul makes the point most forcefully. In Ephesians…
Dan interviews Dominique Gilliard about his book Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0375.mp3
Jesus perfectly embodied God’s heart for racial reconciliation. For example, most Jews of Jesus’ day despised Samaritans as racially impure and as heretics. They avoided physical or social contact with them if at all possible. Yet Jesus went out of his way to have contact with them, even touching some who were lepers. Moreover, he…
In this conversation between Greg and Dennis Edwards, they discuss why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and what King’s message of justice means for us today. If you are interested in hearing the entire conversation, you can watch it here.