Racial reconciliation has been an ongoing battle dating back to the days of the foundational period of labor Civil Rights, but thanks to A. Phillip Randolph and the 1941 March on Washington, the Black Power Movement became the biggest and the last movement towards racial equality in the United States (Franklin & Higgenbothem, 2000). Racial Reconciliation is not just something that was just thought up by someone back in the day fighting for Black Rights, it is something that is talked about in the Holy Bible. Racial Reconciliation is something that God expects of all of us. The world really just needs to learn how to love, because without love there can never be racial reconciliation (WIlliams, 2010).
In the Bible, racial reconciliation is mentioned quite a bit. In our textbook it is said that the gospel of Christ speaks to our racial sins even today and they show through careful exegesis (Franklin & Higgenbothem, 2000). When looking to figure out what racial reconciliation is in God’s standards keep in mind that we are all sisters and brothers when we accept Jesus Christ as our one and only Lord and Savior (WIlliams, 2010) and also that we are all reconciled to God and to each other through our Savior Jesus Christ as you can read in the book of Ephesians 2:14 (Bible, 2017). Here in America, we are now fully integrated as a nation and we claim everyone is equal and that all lives matter, but sadly that is far from reality unfortunately. Americans, as well as everywhere else in the globe, still struggle with racial inequality and as well as racial hate crimes. “To reconcile” is an action verb and we know that a verb is something that is done (WIlliams, 2010), so with that being said we need to put some action into reconciling and see if it gets us anywhere.
My view on missions, evangelism, and other things in the area is that a lot of folks here in America seem as if they would rather ignore all the racial hate that goes on within our great nation. We claim to be “One Nation Under God” but few really seem to live up to those ambitious standards. We should never give up on the decades of effort and emotion that has been put into getting us to where we are today. The churches of the nation need to get some realization and see that although they may be “ethnically diverse”, they can still lack the crucial racial reconciliation if there is no love somewhere in the mixture (WIlliams, 2010).
Bible, K. J. (2017). King James Bible. Retrieved from https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/
Franklin, J. H., & Higgenbothem, E. B. (2000). Americans From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African (Tenth ed.). New York City: McGraw-Hill LLC Custom. Retrieved June 1, 2021
WIlliams, J. (2010). One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology. Nashville : B&H Publishing Group.