Racism is a four-letter word.
Calling somebody a racist is the worst thing that you can possibly call someone in our culture, and quite possibly the fastest way to get somebody canceled.
Unfortunately, there are people who aren’t racist, yet are labeled as such anyways.
There are also racists who are unaware that they harbor racist thoughts and tendencies.
The problem with language is that it changes over time. Today’s generation may not understand the title “racist” quite the same as the generation before them, or even the generation of their grandparents.
This is why our conversation is so important regarding racism. On our fifth episode of Candid Conversations, on Thursday, September 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Derwin Gray, author and pastor joins us for a conversation with Todd Wilson and Efrem Smith.
Our goals are:
- To examine racism and forge a definition of what it is and is not
- To equip people to embrace for discussions of their own on this topic
- To help people to know how to recognize racism and know how to respond to it in a Christ-like manner
Here is an excerpt from Derwin’s book “The High-Definition Leader:”
“But Jesus would not let them disrupt his mission to reach the Gentiles, fulfilling his promises to Abraham. (See Genesis 12:1–3; Galatians 3:7–9; Romans 15:8; Ephesians 2:1). And, in order to force the homogenous church in Jerusalem to scatter on mission to reach the Gentiles, God allowed persecution to free the early Jewish church from the sin of ethnocentrism.
God used Saul and other enemies of the Church to free it from the sin of not reaching the Gentiles and move it toward becoming multiethnic:
“And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison” (Acts 8:1–3, ESV).
God is calling local churches in America and the world to be communities of unifiers and reconcilers, not dividers. Just as the church in Jerusalem only wanted to reach Jews, the majority of the church in America is guilty of having ministry models that create homogenous local churches. This is why nearly 90 percent of churches in America are made up of a single ethnicity. If the government, higher education institutions, or corporations such as Google or Apple were as segregated as the church in our country, there would a public outcry. Yet the church in America marches along to the drums of the status quo.
“Because of the Gospel, high-definition leaders bring unity and reconcile people. I love how God used the great church destroyer Saul to become the great multiethnic church planter.”
In our fifth episode of Candid Conversations on September 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET, joins us to discuss racism with Derwin Gray. Click here to register for this free webinar.