Sunday, October 27, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #91

Even for God, reconciliation is not an event or an achievement, but a journey from “old” to “new.” As Scripture recounts the specific shape of this journey, God is not inviting us simply to affirm a list of abstract beliefs but rather to set out on an adventure. If this journey calls for great skillfulness and discipline, the most vital skill required is memory. When Christians remember well, we are able to explore the story of God’s involvement with the world and to draw on that story to locate and understand what is going on at any particular time within that story. This is what makes Scripture indispensable to the Christian journey of reconciliation. Scripture both forms Christian memory and shapes concrete possibilities for life in the world. The more Christians are able to ground reconciliation as a journey with God from old toward new, the more we are able to recover the indispensable gifts that sustain that journey and make it possible.


Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, Reconciling all Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2008), 49.


[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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