RACE AND THE BIBLE

INTRODUCTION
The subject of race is one of the most discussed topics in our culture today. It is natural and right for all people to weigh in on the topic of race, but as Christians, we must make sure we are looking to the bible as our guide and our final authority. Because of this, we are asking all people who call Summit Community Church their church home to fast one meal this week and complete the following exercises in place of the meal.
EXERCISE #1 - PRAY THROUGH WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Directions: Read the following passages and use the prayer prompts to spend time praying using scripture as your guide.

  • Read Micah 6:8: This verse is clear that God desires us to do justice and practice kindness but they are linked to our humility. Spend a couple minutes praying for your humility as you complete the rest of this activity.  

  • Read Genesis 1:1-3: In the opening pages of scripture we see evidence of the trinity (one God in three distinct persons)(notice it says God and then Spirit of God).  We have a God that is both perfectly diverse and perfectly unified. Because of this, Christians can and should work for unity across the diversity present in societies (i.e. race). Spend a couple minutes praying for unity among the people of SCC across the barriers of race and culture.

  • Read Genesis 1:27: This verse shows us that every human being (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status) was made in the image of God and therefore has God given value. Spend a couple minutes asking God to show you the value of others who are different from you as you complete this activity.

  • Read Genesis 17:4-8: These verses show us that God has always been about reconciling all people to himself. Not just Abraham’s family, but all people who are different from him. Spend a couple minutes thanking God for him being about all people knowing him and ask for the same mindset for yourself.

  • Read Luke 10:25-37: This passage shows us that a failure to love one's neighbor is sin (regardless of their race and differences). Notice how the Good Samaritan did not actually inflict the wounds, but yet he is expected to promote the healing of the oppressed. Are you promoting healing in this racial divide or assuming it is not your problem because you did not inflict wounds? Spend a couple minutes asking God to help you correctly see your neighbor (no matter their differences) as God sees them and promote healing in the way God requires.

  • Read Galatians 3:28: This verse shows us that in the early church race issues were present, but in Christ people from all walks of life are now considered one (family) in Christ Jesus. It is easy to think by this verse that God desires us to be "color blind," but that is not the case. God is calling Christians to elevate our oneness in Christ Jesus over secondary dividers (i.e. race, socioeconomic status, gender). Spend a couple minutes asking God to reveal areas of your life where race is playing a role in how you treat people.

  • Read Revelation 7:9: This verse shows us what we can expect in heaven. God's heart is for all tribes, tongues, languages, and peoples coming together to worship together. Is this the desire of your heart or do you desire to be surrounded by people who are like you? Spend a couple minutes thinking about your relationships and if they reflect Revelation 7:9. Spend some time praying for God to reveal areas of your life that do not line up with this verse and ask for help to become more aligned with his will.

  • Read James 2:17: This verse shows us that agreeing with God’s concern for justice for all people (no matter their race) and not working for that justice makes our faith a dead faith. Spend a couple minutes praying for help thinking correctly about race and for help personally working for mercy, justice, and kindness for all people.
EXERCISE #2 - WATCH A SUMMARY OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Directions:  Watch the 7 minute video linked below to cement what the bible says about race.
EXERCISE #3 - THINK THROUGH MY STORY
Directions: Spend some time answering the following questions about your personal relationship and family history in regards to race.

1.  What was taught to me (directly or indirectly) growing up about my race and other races in my community?

2. How was what I was taught (directly or indirectly) different from what the bible says about race (i.e. what was discussed in exercise 1 and 2)?

3.  In what ways did what I was taught (directly or indirectly) influence how I think about or treat people of other races?

4.  Are there any specific instances of unfair thoughts, judgement, prejudice, and/or racism that I need to confess to God and repent of (examples: judging, racial jokes, racial slurs, treating people differently based on their race, insensitive social media posts, standing in silence while others say/do racist actions, etc.)?

EXERCISE #4 - PRAY THROUGH WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Directions: Read the following passage and use the prayer prompts to spend time praying using scripture as your guide.

  • Read Psalm 117: This psalm is clear that God's great love and faithfulness are worthy of praise from all people. Spend a couple minutes closing your time in prayer by asking God to make all people in our SCC community more aware of his great love, faithfulness, and worthiness of praise.  
CONCLUSION
Thank you for taking the time to read, pray, and fast! If you have any encouragement, questions, or thoughts regarding this exercise, please email us at info@summitchurch.me. We look forward to hearing from you!