Race Relations

Racism is still a part of our American culture, but Christ taught us to love all people, despite differences. Followers of Christ work against racial and ethnic bigotry and for freedom and justice for all.

Prejudice

In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the lawyer asks Jesus, What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responds, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus answers the lawyer’s second questions – “And who is my neighbor?” – with the story of the Good Samaritan. On the surface of the story are duty and responsibility. Struggling beneath the text are faith, hope and love. Read more…

Theological

For Texas Baptists to declare the whole gospel, we must embody the gospel truth that in Christ God has broken down the dividing wall of hostility. Doing so requires us to break out of our comfort zones of ethnic familiarity which partition and segregate the family of God. Read more…

Practical

One effective strategy for moving toward racial reconciliation is to develop a partnership with a congregation in your city?one whose predominant membership is racially/ethnically different than your own. Read more…

The Bible on Race Relations

Racism undermines justice and unity

by Ferrell Foster and Kathryn Freeman — September 9, 2014

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

A young man has been killed in Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man, died from six gunshots fired by a white police officer. Race should not be an issue, but far too many African American men have died under similar circumstances. Black men simply face a different social calculus when it comes to interactions with the justice system in America.

The frequency of such incidents has led some African Americans to have an inherent mistrust of the justice system because it has not consistently protected the…

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