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A Word from Mike

August 2021

There has been so much written and discussed about racism lately—both in secular and religious arenas, including the SBC—that I have become inclined to turn a deaf ear to the matter (some of you know that I can hear out of only one ear anyway, so that’s not hard for me Angel face outline with solid fill). It’s not because I don’t care, but because we tend to rehash the same issues that often don’t get to the heart of the matter. Yet, I just read an article that caught my eye that I couldn’t ignore…and I’m glad I didn’t. This just might be something welcomed to your tired eyes and ears also.

 

Dallas pastor Tony Evans, who founded and has been the pastor of the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship since 1976, has introduced a theological paradigm that cuts to the heart of the racial issues from a biblical perspective. He articulates what I think may be one of the best and more concise models that I have heard or seen. He is not the first to bring biblical insights to the issue, but he has offered a model that is well worth considering, and maybe repeating in our conversations.

In an address on July 21, Evans discussed what he has recently introduced and coined as “Kingdom Race Theology.” Some of you may have just read about this in Baptist Press. I’ve included some of the article below.

KRT, he [Evans] explained is “the reconciled recognition, affirmation and celebration of the divinely created ethnic differences through which God displays His multifaceted glory as His people justly, righteously and responsibly function personally and corporately in unity under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”

He pointed to Paul’s admonition to the church in Ephesus for reconciliation among two groups who didn’t get along – Gentiles and Jews. Earlier, Evans had explained how a country’s Olympic athletes may be different, but they compete under the same flag. Another way of putting it is that they compete for the same kingdom.

…“God is not colorblind, but neither is He blinded by color,” he said, “We are of every tribe and nation, and God sees us. But the only subject of the Bible is the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom. We are never to allow the politics of men to break up our togetherness, so stand together as the Lord sends you.”

(from a July 27, 2021 article by Scott Barkley in Baptist Press, “Tony Evans issues call for Kingdom Race Theology.”

 

What a great scripture-based and refreshing perspective on such a volatile and divisive issue! This is the kind of offering that should make all of us, who claim the Bible as our rule of life, say, ahh…that’s it! That’s how we should view race issues; not ignoring, not being prejudiced or preferential, but rather acknowledging, celebrating, and even embracing the differences on all sides. Not calling for elevating or demeaning one over or under the other, but seeing each other as God does—His creations that reflect His glory and purposes. Is there still much to be done in living these things out practically? Absolutely! But let’s come together and work on them from the right mindset. We who name the name of Christ, and belong to Him, are, indeed, one in Him. To make it any other is an afront to the God that we claim to follow and worship.

 

Red and Yellow, Black and White…ALL are precious in His sight—and should be in ours as well.

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