The time to abandon racial reconciliation has not and never will come. This ideal is at the very center of what it means to be Christ’s church, as Kenneth Mathews and M. Sydney Park contend in their recent book The Post-Racial Church (2011).
The book is less a how-to manual on racial unity in the church, and more an exploration of the theological history and foundation for such unity, all for the purpose of reiterating the church’s call to welcome all peoples.
Quoting Brevard Childs, Mathews writes, “It is as if each new generation were called upon to re-win the battles once fought or to risk losing its theological legacy.” Has the church forgotten this call?
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