J.D. Greear: Racial Reconciliation Is Brought About Through People Redeemed by the Gospel

“Kairos” is one of those Greek words that my pastor used all the time in the church where I grew up. He explained that it was a special word implying a specially appointed moment in history — a time when God was up to something, a moment when God rewrites the narrative.

I wasn’t sure exactly what it all entailed, but I knew I really wanted to be part of one.

I believe the American church is in a kairos moment regarding race, a moment God has appointed for the church to rise up and demonstrate a unity in Christ that the world yearns for.

Our society is not short on its declarations of intent for racial harmony. We hear words like “post-racial,” “multi-cultural,” “color-blind,” “color-brave” and “intersectionality.” We memorialize the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who longed for a day when our children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We remind ourselves that our very nation was founded on the idea that “all men are created equal.”

But then we see evidence of bias in the entertainment industry. Or the media. Or something like Charlottesville happens. And we realize that our declarations of racial reconciliation are a thin veneer papered on a society still very much divided on issues of race.

What our society is unable to produce through declaration, the Gospel produces through a new humanity.

The Gospel teaches us that all people are created equal because they are each made in the image of God. All ethnicities suffer from a common problem — sin — and look toward a common hope — Jesus. The Gospel creates a new humanity, a redeemed race made up of all colors in Christ’s image.

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Source: Baptist Press