RACIAL HARMONY

Maybe the reason we haven't done something about the injustice in our world is because we haven't taken the time to feel. On Sunday, Pastor Jon gave the example of Ezekiel, a man who was forced to get into the skin of others (Ezekiel 3:14-15). From this comes the Ezekiel Challenge: a challenge to feel, to understand, to empathize with our brothers and sisters for seven days. 


Below, find resources to learn more about racism and injustice. We have included resources for all ages. Use these with family and friends alike.


Also, share what you're learning with us by using #ezekielchallenge on social media. Let's fight together for the racial harmony that is at the heart of the gospel.


Links to each of the resources are indicated by orange text. Alternatively, click on the pictures to be linked to the resources. Frontline does not necessarily endorse every view presented in these resources, but we have found these helpful in our own journey to learn and listen.

  • Slavery persisted in the South even after the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment. In the most remote corners of the Confederacy, news of slavery's end did not come until more than two months after Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865. The day that General Order No. 3 was delivered to the people of Galveston, Texas, is the day slavery finally ended everywhere. As Minnesota musician and actor T. Mychael Rambo explains, that day is a milestone moment still commemorated and celebrated.


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  • Amidst the tragedies of racial injustice which have rattled the States, Pastor Jon encourages us not to forget or move on, but instead to move forward towards justice, mercy, humility, and love. In this message he encourages us to learn how to feel and get into the skin of one another, and introduces the Ezekiel Challenge.


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  • “We have to speak. We aren’t going to say everything perfectly, but in a season like this, silence is agreement.” Pastor Steven Furtick and Pastor John Gray sit down to have a conversation about race, privilege, apathy, and what it will take to become the bridge to a better future. 


    We hope this message inspires you to have your own conversations in your home and community. We each have a responsibility to stand up in the face of injustice –– and equality will never be attained through silence.


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  • Dr. Anita sits with Christine Caine for a conversation about race and the church that will change the way that you see EVERYTHING? Christine Caine and Dr. Phillips talk about what has kept the church divided for so long, how we can move forward, and ensure hat the never go back. It’s time for us, as Christians, to all speak the same language. Body Language. 


    From its inception, the American church has been divided by race. We want to remember 2020 as the moment in history when the end of this division truly began and an intentional journey back to what the Word says started. 


    You are likely to be surprised by what you hear in this conversation. Bring an open mind and an expectant heart. You'll finish with more questions than answers but those questions will be the right ones!


    To watch the conversation, click the title above or the picture to the left.

  • The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement on Rikers Island, without being convicted of a crime. He was accused at 16 of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3,000. 


    Kalief Browder is seeking justice from New York City for his 3-Year imprisonment at Rikers Island and wrongful arrest. His Deposition proves to be treacherous and he is forced to answer questions about his troubled past.


    Disclaimer: This documentary contains brief strong language and graphic violence. You can view the documentary on Netflix.

  • Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?


    Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, author John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope: teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.


    Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).


    You can watch the documentary or download the book by clicking the title above or the picture to the left.

  • It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society?


    But Timothy Keller sees it another way. In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Here is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide as well as those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.


    Purchase the book by clicking the title above or the picture to the left. Download chapter one for free here.

  • In light of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, many are wondering, “Where do I start?” and, “How can I faithfully prepare my child to see and treat all people with dignity rooted in the image of God?”


    Here are five books that cover topics like the image of God, the evil of racism, the gospel of grace, the beauty of diversity in the church, and what faithfulness to Christ looks like in a society that too often treasures white supremacy above Christ and his multiethnic, colorful kingdom. 


    These children’s books shine a light on the pervasive sinfulness of racism and the prevailing, transformative glory of the gospel.


    In this time of grief, anger, and despair, may these resources help us train our children in the way they should go—the way of Christ.


    Check out the list by clicking the title above or the picture to the left.

  • Proverbs 31:8-9

    Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.


    Isaiah 1:17

    learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.


    Micah 6:8

    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


    Zechariah 7:9

    Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,


    Matthew 25:35-36; 40-45

    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me...’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’


    Romans 14:19

    So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.


    Ephesians 2:14

    For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility


    Ephesians 4:11-13

    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,


    Colossians 3:13-14

    Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.