As we get the privilege on MLK Jr. Day to reflect on those who have gone before us to labor for racial equality, I wanted to point us to a new resource that will keep us intentional in our present day fight for justice among all peoples. Pastor John Piper’s new book entitled Bloodlines is a book that we should all read to awaken us not only to the continuing problem of racism in our nation and world today but also to push us to examine our own hearts for the residue or in some cases outright disease of racism. This 18 minutes trailer for the book is worth the time and will help us understand some of themes and stories that fuel the book.
Here is Amazon’s summary and then the trailer found on youtube.
Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?
Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.
Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”
May God grow us to love Christ and to love how God’s sheer grace has brought together people from every nation, tribe, family, and tongue into one race, the race of Christ) where harmony can exist amidst ethnic differences to the glory of God. So may we pursue this aspect of the coming kingdom in there here and now and long for this reality in the age to come- Unity existing amidst diversity for His glory.