Friday, January 16, 2009

God's Politics: A Blog by Jim Wallis

God's Politics: A Blog by Jim Wallis

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion

by Lynne Hybels 01-15-2009

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with African-American pastors, he was broken by the reality of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. He describes it as having a kind of “second conversion,” where the scales fell off his eyes and he suddenly saw with horrible clarity of something that broke the heart of God and ought to break his heart...

...He read the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and became outspoken about racial reconciliation and our need to intentionally pursue greater racial diversity in our church...

...In fact, the church leadership team decided to “institute” the value of racial reconciliation by dedicating an entire weekend service each January to the values taught by Dr. King....

...our congregation is no longer the white suburban church it used to be. The racial diversity of our congregation now reflects the increasingly diverse demographic of our community, and we are experiencing both the challenges and the blessings that always accompany a journey closer to the heart of God.

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