Racial Reconciliation

What is it and why do we believe it is important?
It is the application of the Gospel to our present racial and ethnic situation and circumstance.

It is an application of biblical justice, peacemaking, and mercy.

Theologically, it is a statement of faith concerning the common image of God in all human beings and the sorrowful acknowledgement of the sins of race pride, of prideful feelings and actions, of racial superiority and the consequent dehumanization of other races.

It is the repudiation of the historic exploitation and cruelty to other human beings in the form of man-stealing and race based slavery, family destruction, sexual and physical abuse, economic and social discrimination, and segregation in almost all areas of life.

Racial Reconciliation is the Gospel attack on the sin and activities of racism and its attendant effects.

It is the love of God through the repenting, confessing, healing, forgiving, and serving ministry of the Saints to bring about peace between believers of different races and ethnicities and then to others who have suffered its pain and debilitation.

It is the taking of responsibility for the sins of our forefathers and the lingering effects of their actions.

It is the repenting of any of our own present attitudes or behaviors that continue to harm others due to differences in race, ethnicity, and race culture.

It is the assertive correction of circumstances, not simply a desire to get on with things and forget about the past.

In the life of the local church, it is the active desire to include people through understanding and learning new cultures and enlarging the cultural scope of worship forms as long as they are biblical.

It is the necessary attitude change that allows people to become more like Jesus, taking the form of a servant to each other and to other people groups.

It is not simply sitting together in one pew but doing life together in friendship as yokefellows in the cause of the Gospel, shoulder to shoulder in the cause of justice, heart to heart in the application of mercy.

It is the appreciation of the God-given differences, the celebration of culture and history, and the tenacity and intentionality of relationships despite those differences and despite the painful aspects of our history.

It is the living model of the heavenly vision appearing in the life of the local church.