1Brian Tillman, “Racial Reconciliation: No Handholding Kumbaya,” https://www.umc.org/en/content/racial-reconciliation-no-handholding-kumbaya
All the statistics cited were taken from the Barna Research Group, Black Christians are Twice as Likely as Their White Peers to See a Race Problem, Articles in Culture and Media in Faith & Christianity, June 17, 2020
The ministry of reconciliation is grounded in the biblical text. Paul uses the Greek noun katallage, which is translated as “reconciliation” and the verb katallasso, which is translated as “to reconcile.” Etymologically, the basic idea is to change or make otherwise. In Greek social and political arenas, the term denoted a change in relations between individuals, groups, or nations. In the religious arena, it signified relationships between gods and humans.
There has been a tendency, particularly in evangelical circles, to view reconciliation primarily through the lens of individualism. In other words, it is the individual’s sin that creates the enmity with God and others, thus the need is always for the individual to reconcile with God. However, while the present injustices that have precipitated the racial tension in the nation seem to be the product of individual acts, the problem lies deeper – namely systemic injustice and racism.
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