Firstly, of course, we delve into the Word. Study passages like Rev 7:9-10 in the context of racial justice. What does it mean that God's will be done 'on earth as it is in heaven'? Build foundations in scriptural mandates like Ephesians 4:1-14 and Isaiah 58. Looking at John 4:1-42, how does Jesus handle interactions with the marginalized, the disenfranchised, those considered different? What would today's Samaritan look like?
How does the early church handle being confronted with systemic racial injustice within their ministry in Acts 6:1-7? Take your time going through Matthew 8:5-13, Mark 1:16-19, Mark 7:24-30, Mark 14: 3-9, and Philippians 2. What do they have to say about marginalization and our interactions with the 'other'? What do they say about justice in the context of the Kingdom? Who are the people that are exalted? Who are the people that are made low?
In addition to scripture, read books that will educate about the modern condition of racial brokenness in which we live. Begin with books like More Than Equals, Divided by Faith, and Why Are All The Black Kids (others here). Catch up on the history and literature that was neglected during our childhood education (See: White History Month). How much have we missed out on because we felt it 'wasn't for us'? Reread books you might not have appreciated as a kid, and delve into new ones that you might not have previously considered to be part of your heritage.
Join a gospel choir, or a book club that intentionally explores literature by people of color. Go the gym or join a church where you are no longer in the majority. If you choose not to, understand it is your privilege that allows you to make that choice. But we will need major shifts in the status quo to affect meaningful change.
Position yourself as a servant in the fight for racial redemption. Be prayerfully and intentionally relational with those around you, becoming an active advocate in your community. Find sisters and brothers of accountability and encouragement. Ask questions and be open to the answers.
- What practical steps have you taken for racial redemption? What aspects of the above are most challenging or confusing? What are the next steps for you in your journey? What advice do you have for others?
- BTSF strives to "explore how Christianity's often-bungled relationship with race and racism affects modern ministry & justice, facilitating justice and reconciliation across racial divides from a Christian perspective" How can we better serve that purpose?