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  • Writer's pictureKrista Bontrager

What is Racial Reconciliation?

What does the term "racial reconciliation" actually mean?

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Segment #1: Greetings and Updates!

It's been a busy week! Krista and Monique each gave (virtual) presentations at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Monique spoke on ""Reconciling the Reconciled"" and ""Boaz: A Role Model of Justice." Watch a previous version of that talk here:

Krista also did a livestream last week regarding the state of the Church in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis . Check it out!

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Segment #2: Is Racial Reconciliation a Thing?

We hear the term ""racial reconciliation"" all the time! But, what exactly is it? How do I find it in the Bible? How can I tell when I've achieved it? Krista and Monique walked us through two key passages from 2 Corinthians 5 and Ephesians 2 to highlight the biblical definitions of reconciliation and unity.

In 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21, we see that our reconciliation is between us and God (our old, sinful nature being redeemed/reconciled and made new as children of God). Ephesians 2: 11-22, tells us how to walk in unity as believers (Jews and Gentiles who have now become one humanity in Christ) with peace toward one another.

So, is racial reconciliation a thing? The short answer--No!

As our friend, Virgil Walker, from the Just Thinking Podcast says, ""Races don't reconcile, hearts do.""

Therefore, as a Believer in Christ:

You ARE reconciled.

Preach it. Speak it. Live from that place.

For more on this topic, check out Monique's recent blog post on The Myth of Reverse Racism.

In this episode, Krista explained how the work of ""racial reconciliation"" seems to have become a new form of legalism (non-biblical holiness code). Check out a recent blog post she wrote regarding the social justice movement and legalism.

Here's a helpful resource worth checking out! It's a great book to possibly pass along to your pastor.

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