Three Generations on Race Relations

Collin Hansen | May 28, 2015

Three Generations on Race Relations from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Three generations is a long time in terms of race relations in the United States, especially the Deep South. What kind of racism has disippated in the last 50 years? And what kind of racism must pastors still confront from the pulpit? 

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) posed these questions and more to preachers from three generations and locations. Robert Smith Jr. is the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where this conversation was recorded. Born in segregated Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Cincinatti, Ohio, Smith trains preachers at Beeson. He argues that racism is not a skin problem but a sin problem (watch clip). And he notes the difficult truth that slavery survived the two greatest spiritual awakenings in American history (watch clip). 

A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and a Council member for TGC. He laments how the ancestors of white Christians missed the sin of slavery and asks, “What are we missing today?” He contends that racism is destroying white people and sending white people to hell…

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