Racial Reconciliation and Racism

Photo by Rosalind Young

Photo by Rosalind Yang

The task for all of us is to claim our new identity in Christ as an anti-racist, pro-reconciliation people.

Scripture repeatedly urges us to “put on” or claim our new identity in Christ. We can “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6) for the spiritual struggle we face, against sin in general and racism in particular. Amid all the falsehood pervading our society, we can put on “the belt of truth” as one key part of our armor. We want our life together and our witness to the world to embody the truth that God even now, even here, is building “a house of prayer for all nations.” In a racist society, the truth is that being “anti-racist, pro-reconciliation” needs to be part of every Christian’s identity.

In a racist society, the truth is that being “anti-racist, pro-reconciliation” needs to be part of every Christian’s identity.

What we need is a new partnership in the Gospel which unites believing European-Americans and believing People of Color in a faith-based and Spirit-led common struggle against racism and for racial reconciliation, all for the sake of advancing the Kingdom of God in our particular time and place. We are called to tear down the dividing wall of hostility from both sides.

These paragraphs are from a 1996 Reba Place Church position paper, developed by numerous church leaders and participants in the early 90s during a church-wide exploration of the topic.