It’s important to remember that Jesus is the driving force behind any real heart change.
We are each responsible to lean on Him for the fruit of the Spirit in our own journeys toward oneness and diversity in conversation with others. Each of us ought to lead and continue to learn in humility. Continue to refresh yourself in God’s Word, remembering His power is made perfect in your weakness and He is sovereign over all things. God reminds us:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 (New International Version)
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Ask God to reveal areas in your life where implicit bias and racism still exist. Take Psalm 139 as an example of how to do this:
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
God is in control. God is good. Continue to lean into hard conversations. Here are some resources to help you press on in your journey toward racial reconciliation.
HISTORY OF RACE IN THE UNITED STATES
God has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to his own glory and excellence (2 Pet. 1:3). With the Bible as our authority on all things, it is helpful to understand the histories of where we live and the social dynamics all around us. Understanding these histories through the grid of the scriptures will provide wisdom and direction as we engage with others.
HISTORY OF RACISM IN THE AMERICAN CHURCH
Understanding the history of Christians in this country and beyond will help us understand our current reality and figure out where to go from here.
LEARNING CULTURAL SELF
Understanding who we are and who God has created us to be is a strength when talking to others from a different cultural perspective about God.
UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF RACISM IN MY LIFE AND SOCIETY
It’s extremely helpful to engage in this conversation when we can see the results of the thread of racism in our own individual lives and that of society.
RESPOND: LAMENT / REPENTANCE (Personal and Corporate)
As we learn about our societal history, Christian history and individual cultural realities, it’s important to ask the Lord to guide us in how to respond.
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