The Gospel Changes Everything

The reality of racial and ethnic division in our country today means that Christian parents of all ethnic backgrounds need to teach their kids about the gospel, race, racism, ethnic difference, and discrimination.

We firmly believe that God is redeeming the eyes all those who believe the glorious gospel but realize many who consider themselves “contenders for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all” have truncated the scope of the gospel message. That is to say, they primarily envision the gospel from a vertical perspective while neglecting the horizontal and cosmological emphases which we explain in The Gospel in Color

 

My colleague Jarvis Williams and I have been transformed by the glorious grace of God found in His unadulterated Word. The beauty of the Christian gospel has changed everything about us. We no longer harbor fear of the so-called “other” in our hearts. We intentionally engage all kinds of people because the gospel is available to all without distinction (Titus 2:11). We are conduits of grace and mercy on the behalf of the one who has set us free from the bondage of sin so that we can pursue and promote truth, goodness, and beauty.

We firmly believe that God is redeeming the eyes all those who believe the glorious gospel but realize many who consider themselves “contenders for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all” have truncated the scope of the gospel message. That is to say, they primarily envision the gospel from a vertical perspective while neglecting the horizontal and cosmological emphases which we explain in The Gospel in Color.

We all need new eyes. We were blind to issues of sin in our lives until God shined His precious light on the dark corridors of our hearts. He revealed pride and racism, causing us to lean on Him rather than our own understanding. As the years progressed, God took us both on a journey to better understand how the sin of racism has shattered communal relationships in a myriad of social sectors, including the gospel-believing churches.

Since Jarvis and I affirm the dictates of evangelical Christianity, we firmly believe that God began the good work of faith in our hearts, and will not complete it until the day of Jesus (Phil 1:6). Our salvation is secure because of the bloody cross of Jesus Christ who reconciled us to the Father so that we would not experience the righteous wrath of God, enabling us to rejoice in all things while fighting the sins that so easily beset us (Rom 5: 9-11; Phil 4:4; Heb 12:1)!

As Christian parents, we must work diligently to model God’s love for all kinds of skin colors before our children. The reality of racial and ethnic division in our country today means that Christian parents of all ethnic backgrounds need to teach their kids about the gospel, race, racism, ethnic difference, and discrimination. We cannot allow a secular age to set the parameters for discussing racial justice and diversity. We can no longer avoid uncomfortable conversations with our children about these issues. We must be proactive.

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