God Speaks, and Speaks, and Speaks
E.g., 1 John.Source of reconciliation: 1 John 3:1Seen in: 1 John 1:3-7; 2:3-6, 9-11, 29; 3:6-11, 14-18, 21-24; 4:7-8, 11-12, 19-21; 5:2
A Real Problem
Yet, it is still “appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sundaymorning.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)Only ca. 8 % of Christian congregations in the U.S. are racially mixed to a significant degree (Protestantcongregations being the least mixed). (Michael Emerson)Like our Israelite ancestors, American Christians have pirated our privilege as vessels of God’s reconcilingpower. God’s chosen people have chosen to become racist, nationalistic, individualists … enemies of God anddemonizers of other people.
Real Reflection on Racism
Has Christ accomplished racial reconciliation? Has God come and fixed racism?Ephesians 1:19-23 - Yes, “in His people” (v. 18) … “the church” (v. 22).God’s victory over racism is accomplished and demonstrated in “the gospel” i.e., “the good news” of God (2aspects of one inseparable, reconciling work):
Reconciling humanity to God - Ephesians 2:1-10. Reconciliation being experienced in God makingspiritually dead people alive - uniting people to God “in the life of Christ” to do good works….
Reconciling alienated human groups - Ephesians 2:11-22. Reconciliation being experienced in Goduniting human groups into one body “in Christ” (Christ took racial division and hatred upon Himself andHe killed it in His death).So, being “in Christ” is to be actively enjoying who we are according to God - a new, reconciled humanity -members of one body, “the church,” without ethnic or social boundaries, existing “in Christ, by the Spirit,”seeking to unite other people.Now, people “in Christ” have become “the gospel” - “the good news.”