A High Calling

As I reflect on the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, I am reminded of the high calling given to the Church. We have been called by our Lord to be His witnesses throughout all the earth. In short, we are to represent Him before the watching the world. However, we can’t speak to these issues if we are not informed. Therefore, I wanted to point you toward some helpful resources.

Joe Carter offers a timeline of the events in Charlottesville here (note: this post also includes a link that offers more explanation as to what the “Alt-Right” is.):

Violence and Death at a White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

As a church who affiliates with the Southern Baptist Convention, it is important for you to know that this summer we passed a resolution denouncing the white supremacy of the Alt-Right. You can read the resolution here:

On the Anti-Gospel of Alt-Right White Supremacy

On Monday morning an article from Russell Moore, president of the ERLC of the SBC, ran on The Washington Post’s website. I would encourage you to read it.

White supremacy angers Jesus, but does it anger His church?

On Tuesday, Tim Keller offered some helpful thoughts:

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

Here is an excellent article by Professor Javis Williams that was written two years ago.

Racial Reconciliation, the Gospel, and the Church

Also, here are some book recommendations:

The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation

Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Brothers and Sisters, the Gospel breaks down dividing walls of hostility and brings together people from every nation, tribe, and tongue around the throne of our Lord (Eph. 2:14; Rev. 5:9, 7:9). We must speak clearly on this issue because it is a Gospel issue.

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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