In love, Jesus gave His life for the people of God so that we would be reconciled to God and to one another. As we believe in Jesus, God sends us as His ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:16-21). We are called to pick up our cross and follow Jesus—in humility, costly sacrifice, and gentleness. In Jesus, God has shown us what is good; He calls us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). What does this mean in the context of race? Though we are bombarded by many ideas and images of race and racial tension from a variety of sources, as the people of God, we turn to Him to shape us.
This resource page is designed to help us understand the heart of God for His people when it comes to race in the United States—how this intersects with every human heart—and with biblical perspectives on justice, lament, and reconciliation. A team of FPC shepherding elders and covenant partners vetted these resources and offered their guiding thoughts. We invite you to journey with us, submitting yourself to the Holy Spirit, and asking that He would be your guide through this often emotional and challenging road to reconciliation. The joy-filled beauty of reconciliation—true biblical reconciliation—is worth the cost. The pain of remaining unreconciled is not.
After all, in Revelation 5:9, the Lamb of God is specifically praised for being able to redeem people from every tribe, nation, and tongue, that they might all worship together at the throne of God. Even when we see God face to face, we will specifically praise the fullness of God’s glory that ethnicities bring when united as one. So let us humbly move toward that vision of worship now, with the grace and truth found in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Senior Pastor Jim Birchfield and FPC Covenant Partners your questions.
Roland Warren's Thoughts on Racial Reconciliation: A Third Way
This 30+ minute video is a conversation with Roland Warren, President and CEO of CareNet, about the biblical perspective on racial reconciliation to address tension and conflict following George Floyd’s tragic death.
Warren gently challenges us in a world that is asking: "Are you for me, or against me?" that Jesus Christ is instead asking us, His people: "Are you for God's way?" This video does an excellent job of describing God's way in "character, conduct, and conscience." Roland Warren helps give "a third way" for the people of God—people whom God has called to bring reconciliation. This is a thorough and helpful representation of who God calls His people to be, what He calls us to do, and how He calls us to do it.
Pay attention to the grace-filled words of Warren; even if you do not agree with his conclusions, he shares his perspectives in a winsome, Christ-honoring way that we could all seek to replicate.
Guiding thoughts from an FPC Covenant Partner
Who would benefit from watching this video? What key questions does it seek to address?
All those who wonder how to seek God’s kingdom above all, and to respond through the lens of faith to the divisiveness, anger, vulnerability, helplessness, horror, humiliation, and dehumanization in conversations about race.
Keep in mind: Satan seeks to divide and destroy humanity through conflict and our culture’s narrative of “us versus them.” As you watch, remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the evil one. He wins if we are unable to have respectful conversations and relationships with others who have differing opinions and worldviews. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The gospel is the great equalizer. Rather than seeking self-righteousness (being morally right), we are called to seek biblical righteousness, being right in God’s eyes by our identity and character in Christ. In Christ we are called to humbly seek mercy, forgiveness, and justice.
Expect to learn: We need to ascribe to the biblical narrative of reconciliation and restoration rather than the world’s narrative of revenge and retribution. We are to be first reconciled to God and then to man. We serve a God that calls us to be reconciled to one another and partner with Him against His adversary, Satan, who seeks to destroy us through conflict and division. Reconciliation began with Jesus who came in human form to connect with us through being vulnerable and living our story. Similarly, human connection begins by humbly seeking to know and understand each other’s stories and finding common ground to restore the unifying bond of humanity in God’s image.
Memorable Quote: “Racial injustice is not a skin problem but a sin problem.”