In light of Justus' sermon Sunday, we wanted to give you some resources on race and the gospel.
How to talk about race - Thabiti Anyabwile
A friend sent me an email following the Twin Lakes Fellowship. Because my talk there was basically an exhortation to unity in the church, he asked if I might do a post to help “all those white guys out there that feel so incompetent when it comes to talking about race.”
Actually, it’s a request I get often in one form or another. And that’s sorta ironic… because folks who know me well know that “race” is the last thing I want to talk about with people. Literally, it’s the last thing… right after a number of topics I’ll label as “women’s issues.” (Don’t ask me to elaborate, these are my next-to-the-least-favorite topics to talk about in public or private).
But if you have to talk about race… here are some things to keep in mind that keep you from getting Imus-ed out of a job or a friendship.
You can read more of Pastor Anyabwile's blog here.
Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition. He wrote on how to talk about race.
Is Black Lives Matter the new civil rights? - Mika Edmondson
Mika Edmondson delivered this powerful talk in May 2016 to Council members of The Gospel Coalition. It was an empassioned plea regarind race and the gospel and addressed many contemporary issues. TGC’s Council meets every year to challenge and encourage one another in a private setting by sharing prayer requests and engaging with especially sensitive and urgent issues facing the church. In that spirit the Council invited Dr. Edmondson to help them consider how God is working for justice and mercy in our racially charged and polarized society.
Blood Lines - John Piper
Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, author John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope: teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;” it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).
The documentary is intense and should be watched with humility and with the help of the Holy Spirit. You will need humility in that it is humbling to listen to another's opinion. And like always, we need our Helper, the Holy Spirit, to discern the times and the heart of the Father in what is going on in our nation. You can preview the trailer here.