The Race Card of the Early Church

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  • Frank Viola

    Paul was a steward of the mystery of God. So he wasn’t in conflict with Jesus or His Father. Instead, He was chosen to reveal the mystery from the Father and Jesus Christ (see the texts in Col and Eph). Further, our article deliberately transcends the debate in the media and adds a perspective that is getting NO airplay in the media at all. One that God’s people will benefit from laying hold of. Derwin and I were led by the Spirit to write it and in the act of writing, we were modeling what we were exhorting as we are of different physical races but one in Jesus Christ. Part of the new creation.

  • April Kelsey

    Now that I’m attending a multi-racial, multi-ethnic church, I’ve come to realize that homogeneous congregations lack a certain richness in their fellowship. God created us differently not so that we could huddle alone in our own closed groups, but so we could find joy in encountering different personalities, ideas, viewpoints and expressions of faith. When we allow racial prejudice to creep in and erect barriers between ourselves and others, we deprive ourselves of the fullness of God’s blessing. After all, racial prejudice is just pride in a more sinister wrapper.

  • Mary DeMuth

    Well said and so needed. Thank you.

  • Margie Hearron

    1. Muti-ethnic churches have tons of racist, prejudice and sexist leaderships. I’ve seen that firsthand with a lot of them.

    2. Race is a factor in the division of the global CHURCH of Jesus Christ (all believers that trust Christ as their savior.). People self segregate on sunday mornings all over the USA and around the world.

    3. If you are going to deal with how Christ followers are to cope with the Trayvon Martin tragedy and race, then deal with it from a Christian perspective. Don’t sweep the racial injustice and racial profiling under the rug.

    4. The article above doesn’t have a lot of the viewpoint of God the Father or Jesus Christ. It’s heavy on Paul. I’m not a huge fan of Paul. It’s hard to trust a guy that is one thing for one group and acts another way for other groups and still claims that he’s a Pharisee. That alone [Pharisee claim] scares me.

    5. Race is not a card you play. It’s the skin that I wear everyday. I can’t sit it down on a table and way away from it. It’s a part of me. It’s my culture, my heritage, and my family. My ethnicity or race is not a case of shame for me. It’s a delight of all the racial groups that made me. I love them all.

    6. If you don’t talk about race and racism and issues of race within in the church, nothing will change. We can spew out pleasantries when it comes to race and not scratch the surface of the problem. Don’t we want the next generations of Christ followers to fight for equality and embrace diversity?? Don’t we want the next generation to be inclusive instead of exclusive?? If the current generation of Christians cannot handle an honest and open discussion about race and faith and healing, how can the leaders of today affect change or become a catalyst for the next generation? I’m not afraid to talk about race, ethnicity, or culture. God made us beautiful and diverse. I celebrate that and I embrace that. I learn from all my Black, Brown, Yellow, White, and Red brothers and sisters of every culture. I learn to listen and to hear their viewpoint on the Church. I don’t placate them. I sincerely take their views into consideration and that sparks or births new ways of doing ministry or evangelism.

    7. The recent death of Trayvon Martin was a tragic accident. I have no desire for his death to be in vain. I believe the best way to remember him and honor him is to heal the racial divide in the USA. We must learn the truth of who our brothers and sisters are and not just prejudge them to be a certain way because society has conditioned us with stereotypes and stupid generalizations about certain cultural groups or ethnic classes of people.

    8. I thought that I would read this and get some honest, deep sentiments of the real issue of race, church, and justice, but this article left me hanging.

  • Steve Billingsley

    Truly awesome. I love it. I am so sick of racial politics, anger, hurt and division. What a beautiful witness and a sign the Church can be when we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and let God work.