All people, including the color of their skin, are made in the image of God. Though sin marred God’s original design, it did not change the fact that mankind still bears God’s image. Sin does not change the God-given value equally given to all of His image bearers. However, sin does cause this God-given value to be unequally acknowledged and experienced. There are image bearers that are devalued, abused, and murdered because of the color of their skin. This grieves the heart of God, and it ought to grieve the heart of His people when any of His image bearers are not treated with dignity and love.
Today, we approach this topic of racial injustice from a position of humility, not authority. We are not experts. We are not black; we don’t know what it is like to be black in America. Our understanding of the social injustice experienced by black image bearers is limited. However, these are not reasons to be silent. The gospel compels us to speak up against racism and social injustice. The gospel compels us to act toward anti-racism and racial reconciliation. We believe God hates sin, and racism is sin. As people reconciled to God through Christ, we have been entrusted the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). While we lament the brokenness of this world, we commit to listening, learning, and loving.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Ep. 64 The Beauty of Racial and Cultural Diversity in the Church with Aubrey Coleman
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in Americaby Micheal Emerson
- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell
- Beautifully Distinct: Conversations with Friends on Faith, Life, and CultureEdited by Trillia Newbell
- Letters to a Birmingham Jail Editedby Bryan Loritts
- United? We Pray Podcast
- God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
- The Gospel in Color For Parentsby Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams
- The Gospel in Color For Kidsby Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams
- “The Development of Implicit Intergroup Cognition” by Dunham, et. al (2008)
- “They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race!” by Children’s Community School Group
- God Made You and Me by Shai Linne
- His Testimonies, My Heritage Edited by Kristie Anyabwile
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
- Genesis 3
- Genesis 1:27
- Romans 3:23-24
- Isaiah 1:17
- Micah 6:8
- James 4:17
- Psalm 139
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