Episode 16 - RACISM

Show Notes:
 

  • Defining RACISM
  • Defining ETHNOCENTRISM
  • The Heart of Many of History's Atrocities 
  • The Curse of Babel (Genesis 11)
    • A Curse of Scattering
    • The Forming of People Groups & Nations
  • Israelite Ethnocentrism
    • The Posterboy: Jonah
    • Confronting the 1st-century Mindset
      • Toward Samaritans (a mixed race)
      • Toward Gentiles ("dogs")
  • Racial Tension
    • In American History
    • In Current Culture
    • Among "Christians"
  • The Roots of the Christian Anti-Racism Movement
    • The Work & Teachings of Jesus
    • The Spread of the Gospel to different people groups in Acts
    • Rev. 5:9 "every tribe, tongue, people, and nation"
  • Thoughts from Ephesians
    • A Cultural Term of Exclusion - "A Dividing Wall" (2:14)
    • Circumcision (2:11) as an archetype of humanly constructed dividing walls
    • Jesus, through the cross, breaks down the cultural dividing walls (2:16)
    • Why the Gospel can break down barriers - it confronts & provides answers to the problems every people group shares
    • Purpose of the inter-racial unity the Gospel brings (3:10)A Visual Testimony to the World
  • Successful Integration Movements have been rooted in Biblical Teaching
  • Challenges
    • Confront the pockets of racism & ethnocentrism in your heart
    • Spend time with someone of a different race or culture and hear their story
    • Brainstorm on ways our local churches can integrate different people groups into one body
    • If that integration is already present, use it as a topic of evangelistic conversation