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Overcoming Racism With The Gospel Story | GOF69

Overcoming Racism With The Gospel Story | GOF69

Every person looks at the world through a particular set of glasses given to them by someone. That is why inherited racism is so revolting. Someone or some institution systematically passed down a story that has led to hatred and sometimes violence.  At every level it is repulsive. But there are deeper issues, racial narratives that are not nearly as extreme but just as damaging.  These are the narratives of confusion, subtle prejudice, and institutional injustice that must be exposed. So where do you begin?

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by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 2

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Theology On The Street |Find A Mentor You Can Trust

You’ve heard over and over again that having a mentor’s is critical. But you’ve never pulled the trigger. That’s fine. But are you going to trust seeking advice from your peers? In the story of Rehoboam (I Kings 12), failure to listen to older, wiser men resulted in Rehoboam losing 85% of his kingdom.  That’s a super high price to pay.

Here is the principle for the street: find a Godly mentor and listen to him/her.  It might just keep you from making a costly decision.

Smitty’s Tip of the Week | Beware of Exhaustion

Exhaustion can lead to burnout.  That’s according to Psychologist Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter. But what if we can avoid the burnout cycle?  It starts by becoming aware of the subtle effects of exhaustion. Here are three things to look for:

  • physical and emotional exhaustion
  • cynicism and detachment
  • feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

Feature Presentation |Overcoming Racism With The Gospel Story

Every community, group, or tribe has a story, a narrative that makes sense of the world.  These narrative give meaning to life, give an identity and give explanations to the world.  They also can cripple individuals, burdening them with a perspective that limits potential.

So how do you change? You must replace the racial narrative with a new one.  Colossians 3:11 is an excellent example:

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Notice St. Paul mentions two ethnic groups – Jews and Scythians.  That is remarkable given he writing to a Greek audience. He eliminates any possibility of tribal exclusion demonstrating the power of the Gospel to all.

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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