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Five Questions about the Church and Race with Barb Roose
to have honest discussions about church and race, but where do we
start? Author, speaker and Bible teacher Barb Roose offers some
thoughts on some of the questions she is most frequently asked.
She is available for interviews to talk about race from a Biblical
perspective. Here she shares some talking points on these frequently
American Christians feel like talking about race in church
is political, not biblical. What do you say to those who want
their pastor to "stay in his or her lane" and just preach
without addressing race?
I grew up in a traditional black baptist church, but
I've attended a large 10,000+ predominately white mega church for
24 years and spent 14 years on staff at that church as well.
It's important to address God specifically creating
colors and citing verses about God's specific intention.
Acts 2 offers an example of the early Church and
how Christians came together and demonstrated how we should
live in community and unity, even though we're different.
1 Corinthians 12 talks about how we're all a part
of the body and that each part is different.
Jesus' vision was that our unity would be our best
testimony to a broken and unbelieving world.
Injustice isn't political. It's biblical. God cares
about justice, both eternal and temporal.
some of the questions and conversations that Caucasians want to ask
about race, but they are uncomfortable in doing so?
I was married for 26 years to a Caucasian man, so there
were lots of years of conversations and questions about race.
These conversations can be challenging, but they are so worth it!
Some are simple questions such as, "Do you prefer
to be referred to as black or African-American?"
I also hear, "What are some of the stupid things
that we shouldn't do or say?"
How do we begin friendships with people of different
colors and cultures?
Didn't the Bible condemn black people in the Old
Harder questions like include, "Why do
African-Americans get upset about racism when they have high crime
rates in their own community?"
Bottom line: Admitting our blind spots and being humble
enough to acknowledge that our perspective maybe right, but
without real conversation and lots of listening, that perspective
is far from complete.
Finding answers should include a willingness to develop
a 360 perspective instead of relying on your 90 degree or 180
degree perspective. This means the willingness to actually talk to
and get to know the answers from the people who are actually
living in the midst of the situation that you're wondering
thought that being colorblind was a good thing, but now, we're being
told that it's not. Why?
This is a well-meaning perspective that is wrongly
attributed to 1 Samuel 16:7 which reads, "Man looks at the
outside, but God looks at the heart." Yes, God prioritizes
character and the condition of our soul, but that doesn't mean
that He wasn't intentional about creating us to have many human
colors and cultures.
The scriptures acknowledge color. God didn't create
different colors and cultures for us to ignore them.
We may want to think about our ability to connect over
color as a test from God. A test reveals what we think and
believe. If God's goal is for us to love and care about each other
with His heart, loving people and wanting God's best for them is a
life experience that we'll need to lean into.
African Americans saying #blacklivesmatter? In God's eyes, we're all
created equally, so why can't we stick with #alllivesmatter?
Yes, in God's eyes we are all created equally. However,
in America, we haven't treated African-Americans
equally. That's not on God, that's on our country.
There's a difference between the hashtag and the
organization. It's like saying Kleenex. Not every tissue is called
Kleenex brand, but it's the most familiar to us. #blacklivesmatter
is one phrase that clarifies a crowd cry.
someone wants to learn more about race, grace and the gospel, what are
some practical next steps?
Willingness to see is the first step. If someone isn't
willing to engage, then no one will be able to talk them into it.
Parents should have intentional conversations at their
dinner table. Kids definitely talk about color and culture, so
parents need to help kids process what they're learning from the
world around them and make sure their kids are developing God's
heart for all people.
Neighborhood awarenes: When I visit a small group
in certain neighborhoods, I have to be very aware of who sees me
showing up, especially if I know that this neighborhood doesn't
have many black visitors. Ahmaud Arbery was killed because that
neighborhood clearly didn't have many black visitors. If that's
your neighborhood, then you have to ask yourself why and is this healthy
for everyone who is living in your neighborhood.
Pastors need to talk with African-American pastors in
their community or in another city and ask about their
congregations and ministry.
Churches should invite another church of a different
color to serve the community together. Even with social
distancing, church members can show up and clean up, paint, serve
meals. Most importantly, people get to know each other while they
Individuals should spend time listening and learning.
Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about helping
women apply the truths of God’s Word to the practical realities and
challenges they face in today’s culture, equipping them to win at
life with strength and dignity. She enjoys teaching and encouraging
women at conferences and retreats across the country, as well as
internationally. Barb is the author of four Bible studies (Surrendered, I’m
Waiting, God, Joshua, Beautiful
Already) and two books (Winning the Worry Battle,
and Enough Already). She also writes a regular
blog at BarbRoose.com and hosts the “Better Together” podcast.
Previously Barb was executive director of Ministry at CedarCreek
Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Barb lives with her family in Toledo,
Are you facing a problem in life that you just can't
fix, no matter what you do? Perhaps you've heard the phrase "Let
go and let God." But it's easier said than done. Is it possible
that giving up on what you can't change is God's path to peace for
your life? In this six-week Bible study of Jesus in the wilderness,
Barb explores Jesus' time of testing and contrasts it with the Israelites'
failures in the wilderness.
As you learn from Jesus' example, you'll discover six
principles that will equip you to let God lead you to victory despite
your circumstances as you deal with the problems and pain you are