Oneness and Diversity Resources

“I know something is wrong, but I don’t really understand what or how we got here.”

Continuing to ignore and push past the sin of racism in our country’s and churches’ histories in an effort to “just get along” will only hurt the witness of the body of Christ (the church) further. As followers of Christ, we must acknowledge and address the hurt and pain of people made in the image of God if we want to move toward true oneness.

In order to do that, we must individually and corporately reflect on our own hearts and God’s heart for His people. Within our own hearts, we must ask God to reveal the areas in which we are complicit or have bias and ask Him to intercede.

“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 (New International Version)

If you’ve already considered that there is something more to the story of those who are different from you, consider asking God questions like: “What am I missing?” “Who am I not understanding — what people or group?” “What parts of history am I forgetting, ignoring or misunderstanding?” Jesus saw the marginalized, and much of His ministry was dedicated to letting them know they were seen, loved and valued.

Reflect on God’s heart for unity:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that you gave Me, that they may be one as We are one — I in them and You in Me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” — John 17:20-23 (NIV)

If we are to see any progress at all, it will begin with our own hearts and then pour out into our relationships. Remember, being one doesn’t mean we ignore our differences. Jesus and the Father are one, but they are also distinct persons in the Trinity. This will not be an easy journey, but it is a worthy one because it’s important to God and so must be important to us.

Here are some resources to help you begin the journey toward racial reconciliation.


RESOURCES

HISTORY: 

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.

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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. 

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PERSONAL AWARENESS:

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.

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UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF RACISM ON 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. 

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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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Racial Issues

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