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. Navigating Racial Tension as American Christians (Podcast)
Listen as a diverse panel of speakers discusses the state of racial tension 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. From Bloodlines to Bloodline (Sermon)
In this message on Ephesians 2:11-16, Pastor John Piper teaches that God is calling all people to move from the bloodlines of race and ethnicity into the single bloodline of Jesus Christ.

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. Tim Keller on nationalism, race, and what Jonah misunderstood about grace (Podcast)
We live in a world filled with self-righteousness, nationalism, and ethnic rivalry, a world not unlike Jonah’s. In this podcast, Pastor Tim Keller explains how modern-day attitudes are reflected in the prodigal prophet.

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. Why diversity should matter to you (Article)
God invites us to be part of something supernatural. His family is full of variety and diversity, and it’s the ability to experience unity in spite of our differences that brings God glory and brings us joy.

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.

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