Next Steps Toward Racial Reconciliation
We live in a broken, racialized world. God’s kingdom is not yet here. But, through the cross, Jesus has destroyed racial barriers, the dividing wall of hostility and prejudice. God’s kingdom is already here. As followers of Jesus, we live in this tension and, when it comes to racial reconciliation, often we don’t know what to do.
The death of George Floyd in 2020 was a tragic, disturbing example of the “not yet” of God’s kingdom. Prejudice and racism are powerful forces in our world. Our hearts break for our black brothers and sisters. How do we respond? We know that unity and racial reconciliation are part of God’s kingdom, yet how can we help to bring his kingdom?
First of all, we invite you to pray. With humility, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to guide us individually and as a church community. Come, Holy Spirit! And, show us the next step you would have each of us take toward racial reconciliation.
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
- Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
- Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey by Sarah Shin
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson
- Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on these resources. Although we have found these resources helpful, we don’t necessarily endorse everything that is said in them. We can learn from others, even if their worldview is somewhat different than ours. We do, however, wholeheartedly endorse Jesus as the solution that everyone needs. The root problem with racism is sin and Jesus is the only solution for sin.