Why evangelicals can’t brush off conversations about racial reconciliation

“Putting your faith in action with regards to racial reconciliation means you must be willing to: speak to your neighbor; gain knowledge; and see those around you. But you must also see that there’s still a fight worth engaging. So often what hinders racial reconciliation is apathy to the topic of race ….

One of the problems from our apathy is that when people do rise up to discuss the continued racial struggles, concerns, and problems within our churches and society, many cry out that if we simply stop talking about race then all the struggles we see will disappear. I can understand why someone might think that bringing up the need for racial reconciliation can rebirth old wounds and, therefore, cripple the progress of racial reconciliation.

The problem is, race continues to be talked about because there continue to be problems.

And there continue to be problems because often conversations about race revolve around racism.

And these conversations centered on racism happen because people are racist.

So, until we see an end to racism, both personal and systemic, we will need to continue this conversation. And we can’t brush off conversations about racial reconciliation because the gospel so clearly addresses it.”

— Trillia Newbell, “How Should the Christian Live?” in The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation, 48-49.

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