Recent events have reminded us, yet again, that our country still has a long way to go when it comes to racial reconciliation. We also know that as a church family, we are all over the map when it comes to this conversation. But one thing is clear, as new creations healed by God’s grace we are now called to be agents of reconciliation in this world. (2 Corinthians 5)
Jesus tells us He has been sent to preach good news, proclaim freedom, bring sight to the blind and to release the oppressed. (Luke 4:18) Much of this will happen in his Messianic kingdom still to come, but this good news also became reality in that day. Such hope is also for all today. Forgiveness, restoration, healing and freedom are very real and as followers of Jesus we will join him in not only telling the good news, but in living it out as we serve fellow image-bearers in this not-yet-healed-world.
We humbly admit that we haven’t always gotten the racial reconciliation conversation right. Nor is this a perfect step. But it is an attempt to move towards lasting solutions. To our brothers and sisters of color: we hear you and are continually grateful for your patience and grace. We really do need the powerful work of Jesus and His grace to help us all. So let’s start there.
We believe that taking steps towards racial reconciliation is both a corporate and personal responsibility. The best way to move forward is in the context of community. Below you will see a couple of first steps. Once you have engaged in these we encourage you to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more resources.