Racial Diversity and Our “Third Race”

J. D. Greear | August 17, 2015

Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt from J. D. Greear’s new book Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send (Zondervan, 2015). Greear shares what he and the Summit Church have termed “The 10 Plumb Lines of Sending,” and addresses the need for racial reconciliation as a fruit of creating a sending culture in the church.

When you bring up the topic of racial diversity in most churches, many people think to themselves, “Well, I’m not a racist, so I’m goodI” But God’s goal is not simply to have us stop looking down on other races. God wants unity, not just a ceasing of hostilities. He wants the very makeup of his church to preach the gospel: that despite our racial variants we are united under one ancestor, Adam; that we had one problem, sin; and that we have one hope, salvation in Christ. He wants us to demonstrate to the world that this unity in Christ is weightier than anything that might divide us. When the Holy Spirit confronted Peter’s racism, he didn’t just command him to quit looking down on other races. He commanded Peter to embrace Cornelius, to go in and eat with him. Peter did…

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