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.


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…


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…


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

Moving Past #PrayforCharleston

Last Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white man walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat through Bible study and then murdered nine African Americans: State Senator and Pastor Clementa Pickney; librarian Cynthia Hurd; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; speech therapist and mom Sharonda Singleton; Bible study teacher Myra Thompson; 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders who died trying to save his aunt; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor; 87-year-old Susie Jackson; and, 70-year-old Ethel Lance.

Before the young man shot them, he stated he was shooting them... [continue]