Top Resources on Racism
Often, race conversations stop when legislation is passed. While laws can curb behaviors, lasting change happens through repentance and the renewing of our minds. This is a longer, messier process, and it’s what we are called to as Christians.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2 1. What does the Bible say about racism? (Article)
Racism is a problem we can’t ignore or run away from. It’s an issue today, and it was an issue throughout history, including when the Bible was written.
2. Ten reasons racism is sin (Article)
As Christians, we must think and feel deeply not just the what of the Bible but the why. If racism is so bad, why is it so bad?
3. A Conversation About Race (Video)
Listen as a diverse group from across our church family discusses the state of racism in America.
4. Heart of Racism (Article)
In this Campus Crusade for Christ blog post, a young woman shares how she has experienced racism and reckoned with her own preferences and prejudices.
5. The Third Option (Sermon)
Our society is more than divided than ever between "us" and "them." In this message, Pastor Miles McPherson calls us to a third option: To view all people as a brother, sister, or neighbor.
6. Come and Sit Next to Me (Online Course)
Racism isn’t a skin problem — it’s a sin problem. Racism divides communities that Christ died to unite. In this six-part course, Pastor Jason Cook sits down with Dr. Robert Smith Jr. and Dr. Russell Moore to show how the Gospel can transform even the most racist heart. (Requires a RightNow Media account —get yours free.)
7. Race, Class, Reconciliation and the Kingdom of God: A Conversation with David Bailey (Podcast)
Jon Tyson sat down with David Bailey, executive director of Arrabon, for a conversation about race and reconciliation in the kingdom of God, especially in light of Ahmaud Arbery’s death.
8. How churches can address hidden feelings of prejudice and racism (Video)
Jackie Hill Perry, a writer, speaker, and artist, discusses how to uproot the racism and insensitivity that can persist in a church.
9. How to Talk with Your Kids About Racial Differences (Article)
Dr. Lainna Callentine became aware at age six that her skin was a different color than other kids in class. Get her unique perspective on how Christians, should talk to our kids about racial differences.
10. "MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop” (Video Series)
Hear every message from "MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop," a conference presented by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition. During this event, pastors and church leaders reflected on where Christians have been and where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension. (Requires a RightNow Media account —get yours free.)
Not sure how to start a conversation around this issue? Take a look at the"Elephant in the Room" toolkit for tips and resources to begin talking about idolatry and other difficult topics at home.