Why the Gospel is Necessary for Racial Reconciliation

Richard J. Mouw in The Kings Come Marching In writes:

“…an appeal to the fact of God’s creation of the human race is, in itself, inadequate to establish a basis for racial justice. The perpetuators of injustice can argue that God did indeed create all people out of ‘one blood.’ But, they can go on to argue, sin has altered the original situation. In response to human rebellion, God has decided to keep people within their own ethnic and racial groups [speaking of Babel in Genesis 11]…. The only effective way of countering this kind of theology, it seems to me, is to point to the work of the Cross….We cannot ignore the Babel account or the provisional divisions of the race that God introduced in response to the pretensions of the tower builders. But through Calvary and Pentecost God has begun to ‘lift the veil.’ In Jesus Christ the barriers of race and clan and tribe and tongue are being abolished. Redemption restores the work of creation, and in doing so it also repairs the damage done by sin.”

[HT: Danny Slavich]

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3 thoughts on “Why the Gospel is Necessary for Racial Reconciliation

    • Danny, Yeah, that is a great quote! Looked like on your church site that you mentioned that your church is diverse. Is racial reconciliation a part of your vision? I would love to hear more about that. It is a passion of mine. I have 5 children (4 adopted and 1 bio). My adopted children are all black.

      Grace brother! Jason

  1. Honestly, I (gratefully) stepped into a racially diverse church. We used to be an all-white, traditional Southern Baptist church, but the church has responded wonderfully to the ethnic change in our community over the past 15+ years. We have probably a 60/40 white/black mix now. There is still “racial tension” in some ways, but at least some of the biggest hurdles have been jumped.

    I love seeing families like yours! My wife and I don’t have any kids yet but cross-racial adoption is something that is definitely in the mix for us. What is the racial majority in your community, and what has your family/community dynamic been like in that context? It’s something I’ve been pondering lately.

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