The Hole in Our Gospel: Repairing the Racial Divide

In his book The Hole in Our Gospel, president of World Vision Richard Stearns argues that the hole in our gospel is the failure to give more to relieve world hunger and so on.

I understand where Mr. Stearns is coming from.  I read his book and greatly appreciate it.  But right at home here, in the United States, my own contention is that hole in our Gospel is the failure to take seriously racial reconciliation.  This is obvious from our lack of its pursuit.

Where are conferences?

The seminars?

Leading evangelicals continue to have conferences on all sorts of issues.  But there’s nothing on racial reconciliation and what can be done.  We prefer to ignore the matter.  We don’t want to go there.  When someone brings it up, they are called race mongers and the like.

Racial prejudice still exists, and the church is not exempt.

The reason why it comes up is because there is a hole in our gospel.  Racial reconciliation is a gospel issue.  Just ask the Apostle Paul.  He publicly rebuked Peter, a leading apostle, for his display of racial prejudice.

But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all… (Gal. 2:14 ESV, emphasis added)

According to Paul, Peter’s display of racial prejudice was not “in step with the truth of the gospel” (vv. 11-13).

The Apostle Paul made racial reconciliation a gospel issue.  And its time for us to repair the hole in our gospel.

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5 Responses to The Hole in Our Gospel: Repairing the Racial Divide

  1. Dan says:

    I wholly lack in this area and desire so much more of myself.

  2. TC says:

    Dan, thanks for sharing this.

  3. Dan says:

    I remember years ago planting a church in Kansas and trying to start a conversation at that time in our town. I was too young and didn’t have enough experience to really know how to do that. I was friends with several black pastors, but that was it. In the Twin Cities, it’s a much more diverse population and I’m friends with black pastors along with other ethnic pastors, but the real conversations still need to happen. I want to know what I can do!

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