Our world is hurting right now. As a church, CBC condemns racial injustice, violence, and injustice of all kinds that are an affront to the gospel of Jesus.
As we have been spending time studying the life of Joseph together these last few weeks, the idea of reconciliation and forgiveness have been major themes. With the events in our country that have taken place over the last few days, this message is needed now more than ever in our country, in our city, and in our church. It has to begin with those of us who have been assigned by God the ministry of reconciliation.
It is clear that America has a long way to go in healing its racial wounds and achieving justice for all. We need to raise not only our voices, but our actions against the sin of racism as it is a violation of Jesus’ Great commission, the Great commandment, and the very creation of God who made all men and women in His image.
So what are we to do?
We acknowledge that we do not have all the answers. We know Jesus Christ was the ultimate victim of injustice as He, the innocent son of God, was nailed to the cross for sinners and that He will one day return to right every wrong… that is our Hope. But in the meantime, because of what He has done, He now empowers us to a self-sacrificing love towards everyone, in a broken and lost world.
| We need to listen to our black brothers and sisters, to be present, to hear them, to walk side by side with them.
| We need to lament the ongoing racial tension and deep damage that racism has caused in our country.
| We need to mourn and to be angry with those who mourn, but remember that we don’t mourn as those who have no hope, because we know the one true Hope.
We have also provided links to resources that can help you, your family, and your community group grow in an understanding of racial injustice, reconciliation, and unity in gospel community. Check out these resources from Christian voices we trust as a starting point to understand Biblical justice and racial reconciliation.
A couple good books to consider would be Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins, The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby, and Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church by Doug Serven and others.
If you want to dig deeper into the issue, additional resources are available at Be The Bridge. Not all of the resources here come from a Christian perspective, but they can help people to understand the impact of racial injustice from diverse experiences, Understanding these voices allows us to understand others in such a way that we can meaningfully engage the culture with the truth of the gospel.
Check out this playlist of songs curated to help us cultivate gospel unity & celebrate gospel diversity!
We would challenge you to spend time with these resources, and have conversations with people who don’t look like you or who come from a different background than you. We would encourage you to practice hospitality and invite others into your life, your home, and your conversations.
If you have questions, or would like to talk to further, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let love be genuine. Abhor evil; hold fast to what is good – Romans 12:9