First, thank you so much for the incredible response to the sermon this past Sunday. I’m not surprised, because Christ Church is such a gospel centered, people loving, and humble community. But I don’t take for granted the grace of God that is present in your lives! May we continue to be a community that embraces hard conversations with the gospel, because we love Jesus and want to honor Him.
It was brought to my attention that my last post with resources to continue to become educated on God’s heart and the Gospel’s call for racial justice, that I only posted resources that can be read. I love to read, so that’s where I naturally go! But audio resources would probably be helpful too.
How you can’t understand the Bible if you don’t understand the idea of corporate evil
Why racial justice is a gospel issue
Dr. Eric Mason is joined by Pastor Nyron Burke, Dr. Sarita Lyons, and Dr. Tiffany Gill for a discussion on justice. With Isaiah 1:16-17 providing context, they offer biblical reflections and responses to ongoing injustice, including the murder of George Floyd
Also, I know that that name Dr. John Perkins was new to some of you (I hope it is a name that you get acquainted with!). Below is the quote I used on Sunday and some other favorites.
“We are living in historic times. Not since the civil rights movement of the 60’s has our country been as vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation. There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the Church, because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government can enact. The church is the heart and moral compass of a nation. To turn a country away from God you must sideline the Church. To turn a nation to God the Church must turn first. Racism won’t end in America until the Church is reconciled first and then, and only then, it can spiritually and morally lead the way.”-
“The reason we haven’t solved the race problem in America after hundreds of years is that people apart from God are trying to create unity, while people under God who already have unity are not living out the unity we possess. The result of both of these conditions is disastrous for America. Our failure to find cultural unity as a nation is directly related to the church’s failure to preserve our spiritual unity. The church has already been given unity because we’ve been made part of the same family. An interesting point to note about family is that you don’t have to get family to be family. A family already is a family. But sometimes you do have to get family to act like family. In the family of God, this is done through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. A perfect example of spiritual unity came on the Day of Pentecost when God’s people spoke with other tongues (Acts 2:4). When the Holy Spirit showed up, people spoke in languages they didn’t know so that people from a variety of backgrounds could unite under the cross of Jesus Christ. The people who heard the apostles speak on the Day of Pentecost were from all over the world, representing at least sixteen different geographical areas, racial categories, or ethnic groups (Acts 2:8–11). But in spite of the great diversity, they found true oneness in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual oneness always and only comes to those who are under God’s authority because in that reality He enables them with the power of His Spirit.”
“Justice is any act of reconciliation that restores any part of God’s creation back to its original intent, purpose or image. When I think about justice that way, it doesn’t surprise me at all that God loves it. It includes both the acts of social justice and the restorative justice found on the cross.”-
“I am all for churches being a part of the nonviolent marches and protests that have happened in the wake of violent killings, but these protests happen only after a tragic event has taken place. I want the church to be what prevents these acts from ever happening. I want the church to be the community that is so dedicated to loving our neighbors, to caring for the poor and neglected, and to living out true reconciliation that these killings do not even take place.”
Grace and peace,