Brokenhearted Theology, Race, Ramblings

Greg Boyd and the Heresy of Unreconciled Churches

Greg Boyd just posted a great blog entry on reconciliation and forgiveness.  Here’s an excerpt:

This would amount to nothing more than a curious sociological observation except for one thing: white evangelicals are among those who are supposed to be demonstrating to the world the beauty of racial reconciliation! One of the reasons Jesus gave his life was to form ”one new humanity” in which all racial, cultural and class walls have been torn down (Eph. 2:14-15; Gal. 3:26-29). Racial reconciliation isn’t some sort of “politically correct” addendum to the Gospel: it’s part of its very essence!  If Jesus died to create “one new humanity,” then manifesting a community in which people of different ethnicities are learning to love, understand and do life with one another is as mandatory for the church as is preaching the forgiveness of sins, which Jesus also died for.

He also cites the book Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith.  I read this book last winter, and really appreciated the way that it spoke frankly and honestly about the problem of race, not just in America in general, but specifically in white evangelical churches.  

What if our approach to church and faith is actually furthering the racial divide, as Emerson and Smith suggest?  What do you think about Boyd labeling this heresy?  

Check out Boyd’s post.  Check out Emerson and Smith’s book.  Let me know what you think.


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