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.

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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. Click here to read more.


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. Click here to read more.


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. Click here to read more.

On Race: A Biblical Perspective

In the Bible, distinctions among humankind are on the bases of religion and nationality, not color. Although the Bible does not speak directly concerning race, nor does it use the term “race” to refer to a person’s color, it does offer some important principles, which can be applied, to contemporary race relations. Click here to read more.

7 tips for seeking peace with African Americans

As we think about our role as peacemakers in racial reconciliation, Ephesians 2:11-16 details God’s heart for unity within the body of Christ.

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) — remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you

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Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288