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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
Dr. Perkins final manifesto on race, faith, and reconciliation
We are living in historic times. Not since the civil rights movement of the 60s has our country been this vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation. There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the church, because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government can enact.
The church is the heart and moral compass of a nation. To turn a country away from God, you must sideline the church. To turn a nation to God, the church must turn first. Racism won't end in America until the church is reconciled first. Thenand only thencan it spiritually and morally lead the way.
Dr. John M. Perkins is a leading civil rights activist today. He grew up in a Mississippi sharecropping family, was an early pioneer of the civil rights movement, and has dedicated his life to the cause of racial equality. In this, his crowning work, Dr. Perkins speaks honestly to the church about reconciliation, discipleship, and justice... and what it really takes to live out biblical reconciliation.
He offers a call to repentance to both the white church and the black church. He explains how band-aid approaches of the past won't do. And while applauding these starter efforts, he holds that true reconciliation won't happen until we get more intentional and relational. True friendships must happen, and on every level. This will take the whole church, not just the pastors and staff.
The racial reconciliation of our churches and nation won't be done with big campaigns or through mass media. It will come one loving, sacrificial relationship at a time. The gospel and all that it encompasses has always traveled best relationally. We have much to learn from each other and each have unique poverties that can only be filled by one another. The way forward is to become "wounded healers" who bandage each other up as we discover what the family of God really looks like. Real relationships, sacrificial love between actual people, is the way forward. Nothing less will do.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5One BloodMarch 14, 2018MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One Blood by John Perkins is a great title on challenging the church to play a more active and effective role on race relations. Indeed, this has really been a thorn in the side of the church for sometime.
Very readable, the author is fair in his comments about both the black and white church and cites several examples of people in the past (Martin Luther King, Billy Graham, etc.) who have tried to improve race relations. Mr. Perkins also shares his own encounters with racism growing in Mississippi, moving to California, coming to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and moving back to Mississippi with a new perspective towards white people.
An excellent challenge for churches to be more intentional in improving relations of other races. Would love to see this happen and keep politicians of both major parties on their toes and reconsider their words and policies concerning race relations. The author also accurately cites many biblical examples of how Christianity is for all races.
I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review.
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