Racial Reconciliation and the Gospel

by: Waymond Hampton

posted on: Jul 09, 2016

It is incredibly difficult to find understanding in the aftermath of the horrific events over this past week surrounding Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the police officers in Dallas. We grieve with those families and with entire communities who now live in fear. In light of all of this, we found the following article both helpful and challenging and wanted to share it with you: http://www.russellmoore.com/…/shootings-justice-body-of-ch…/

In addition, in May of 2015, I taught about racial reconciliation and the gospel during our RESTORED series, and we wanted to share that as well: http://ncctacoma.org/audio/details.php?mediaid=182

Our hope is that, as a church, we would acknowledge that each of our worldviews are skewed due to sin, and that we need to seek to be compassionate learners in regards to race, no matter what race we come from. Ephesians 2:14 says of Jesus, "For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility." At the end of all things (according to Revelation 7:9), every race, nation and language will be represented before King Jesus, worshiping him for how he has broken down the wall between us and him, and between us and those with whom we might otherwise be enemies.

Let's pray for God's kingdom, his peace and wholeness, to be brought to the families involved in these tragedies and their surrounding situations. Let's seek to understand and relate rightly to those who are not like us. Let's also work toward justice, and toward a more diverse representation of the family that Jesus came to save in our own city.

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