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The problem: Racism is real. People have real experiences with it in 2020.
Two foundational truths:
1. That we are all made in the image of God.
2. That the church should reflect the reality that all nations will be gathered together in heaven.
SOLUTION for the Christ Follower: It’s about having the unity of Spirit in the name of Jesus. Unity is God’s idea and can only be achieved by the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our hearts. A Kingdom perspective on the subject.
Revelation 7:9 - After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
· The goal of racial reconciliation is not sameness. It is Oneness. Unity under the banner of Jesus.
· We embrace and celebrate the differences.
· Unity is Oneness of purpose not sameness of being.
Jesus’ high priestly prayer: John 17:20-23, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Ephesians 2:13-15 - But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.
The Church must follow Jesus into healing and unity out of submission to the Father, love for the Savior and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to see the continuing fruition of the here and not yet here Kingdom of God.
Tony Evans’ book “OneNess Embraced” Video Teaching on Right Now Media: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/196905
Miles McPherson’s book “The Third Way”