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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Racism, prejudice, and Discrimination? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 09 January 2015 06:11

Genesis 1:26-27; “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Deryck Broom captured it perfectly in his post on the subject of racism in his Facebook post of the 7th January 2015. This was on a day when 12 people died after masked gunmen, apparently part of the extremist State group, stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in France's deadliest terror attack in at least two decades. Charlie Hebdo has been repeatedly threatened for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches, and its offices were firebombed in 2011. As followers of Christ what is perhaps the first question that comes to mind? Well, perhaps; "What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?" A great place to start, right? As far as racism is concerned, there is only one race, and that is the human race, and, as these two verses illustrate, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God. In fact,  God loved the world so much that he sent Jesus to lay down his life for us (John 3:16). Now the term “world” used in this verse obviously includes all ethnic groups. It is clear that God does not show partiality or favouritism and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbours as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus commands us to love one another as he loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of his brothers, we do to him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died. Where does this leave you today as you read this? What are you going to do about it?