One cannot read very much of the Bible without coming face-to-face with the reality of God’s concern for reconciliation and justice. It is at the heart of what the Gospel is all about. In Genesis, we read that after God created the world good, our first parents fell through their disobedience, and the result was that it affected not only Adam and Eve but all of creation as well. Their relationships with God, self, others, and even the created order were damaged by their sin, and we’re still dealing with the effects of the Fall today. However, God didn’t leave humanity in this condition of sin and death. Instead, He launched a rescue mission, born out of His love, to redeem fallen humanity, and, in fact, to redeem the whole world. This mission culminated in sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place, and in His resurrection, Christ demonstrated His ability to overcome sin and death and bring salvation to the world. And now God invites us to join Him on His mission of love to bring this reconciliation to the whole world.
This is the fundamental calling of every Christian. We who have been reconciled to God are now called to be His ambassadors of reconciliation in the world. The apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ…” (2 Cor. 5:18,19). Jesus Christ is the strong center pole on which a church’s ministry of reconciliation must be built.
This ministry of reconciliation includes racial reconciliation, and God calls each of us to help tear down the walls that separate us.
Race And Justice Statements
- Read the Clergy for Racial Reform and Reconciliation letter, published in the Winston-Salem Journal and The Chronicle in June 2020
What Do We Believe About Racial Justice And Reconciliation?
- Read the most recent letter from First Presbyterian pastors
- Read the racial reconciliation paper written by Dr. Barnes and approved by Session
- Listen to sermons on racial justice