race

United Pastoral Statement on Racism

I read the following "United Pastoral Statement on Racism" at our worship gathering last Sunday. At the time, it had been affirmed by over sixty pastors in the city of Lincoln NE—a list that grows still today.

As Pastors in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska we believe that all people are created in God's image. However, not all ideologies are godly. Any ideology, such as White Supremacy or Neo-Nazism, which states that one person is superior to another is blatantly sinful. We call upon the leaders of our city, state, and country to take a stand against the numerous groups in Charlottesville and throughout our country who claim these evil ideologies. We will be united as Christian brothers and sisters and will be preaching that there is no room for racism at any of our churches. We pray for healing, for accountability, and that racism will be condemned by all people in our city and in this country. Lastly, we pray that Jesus' message of loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) would echo through our churches.

As I pointed out Sunday evening, this is only one small step. But, for the church in Lincoln, it seems to be a step in the right direction.

Race & the Christian

Last night I had a chance to watch this video from a March 2012 event at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. From the Redeemer website:

John Piper and Tim Keller, two white pastor-scholars who think we should be talking about race, will discuss ‘Race and the Christian’ at the Ethical Culture Society on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. Speaking from their experiences ministering in multi-ethnic urban contexts for a combined 60 years, they will examine the individual and structural roots of racism and make a case for the pursuit of ethnic harmony from a gospel perspective. Their conversation will be moderated by Anthony Bradley, Professor at King’s College and author of Black and Tired.

Watch this—all of it. It's well worth your time.

 

 



© 2019 Adam Stahr ¯\_(ツ)_/¯