As Christ followers we are called to love our neighbors. In light of all that is going on in our nation, here are several resources to help us learn more about racial reconciliation from a biblical perspective. While we don’t endorse every statement in these resources, they do equip us to become better listeners and learners. We hope that these resources can encourage you to reflect the character of Christ more effectively as we work for racial reconciliation.
A Biblical Framework
Pastor Tim Keller has written brief articles on The Bible and Race and The Sin of Racism. He has also written a helpful book on the biblical theme of justice, and what it looks like for us to take this seriously (Generous Justice).
Pastor John Piper describes how a biblical worldview both explains and undermines racism (Racism is More Than Just a Social Issue).
A Biblical Response
Pastor Miles McPherson notes that on the issue of race, we can get stuck in an “us” versus “them” mentality. However, the Bible challenges us to see a “third option.” He explains the third option in this video, and in this book.
In response to the debate between “black lives matter” and “all lives matter,” Professor George Yancey critiques both of these positions from a Christian perspective and shows how the gospel equips us to move beyond racial gridlock.
In discussions of race, the topic of “systemic racism” can be a controversial issue. However, Pastor Tim Keller shows that the theme of corporate evil is actually a biblical concept, and it is a concept addressed by the gospel (Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy's Perspective).
In his book, Woke Church, Pastor Eric Mason states “My desire in this book is to encourage the church to utilize the mind of Christ and to be fully awake to the issues of race and injustice in this country. Pan-Africanists and Black Nationalists use the term ‘woke’ to refer to no longer being naïve nor in mental slavery. We have borrowed the term and redeemed it to be used in the context of being awakened from deadened, sinful thinking.”
Statements From Our Denomination
- Statement from EFCA President Kevin Kompelien | Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
- TIU Stands With All Victims of Racial Injustice | Trinity International University (EFCA university)
- The Unmuted Gospel: A Minority Pastor's Message to the Majority Church | Cedrick Brown (EFCA Eastern District Association superintendent)