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To put this in a religious context: overcoming the
divisions of race has been central to the church
since its beginning, and the dynamic diversity of
the body of Christ is one of the most powerful
forces in the global church. Our Christian faith
stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its
forms, which contradict the good news of the
gospel. The ultimate answer to the question of
race is our identity as children of God, which we
so easily forget applies to all of us. And the political
and economic problems of race are ultimately
rooted in a theological problem. The churches have
too often “baptized” us into our racial divisions,
instead of understanding how our authentic baptism
unites us above and beyond our racial identities.

Do we believe what we say about the unity of
“the body of Christ” or not? The New Testament
speaks of the church as one body with many members.

    For just as the body is one and has many members,
and all the members of the body, though many, are one
body, so it is with Christ. . . . For the body does not
consist of one member but of many. . . . As it is, there
are many parts, yet one body . . . that there may be no
discord in the body, but that the members may have the
same care for one another. If one member suffers, all
suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice
together. (1 Cor. 12:12, 14, 20, 25–26 RSV)


( excerpt from Jim Wallis's book America’s Original Sin  - See more at: https://sojo.net/articles/racism-faith-issue#sthash.nKK4mf0H.dpuf

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