Hometown Hatred and the Gospel of Inclusion, Wrap-Up

Tim Brister —  September 15, 2007 — 4 Comments

In the consummation of all things in Christ, there will be for eternity praises unto Jesus, Savior of the world, sung from the lips of millions in thousands of languages where the white man will be but a minority. The racial integrity spoken of in Scripture is not that of a mullet-wearing white man from the South; rather, it is seen when that first-century Palestinian Jew will welcome redeemed sinners to their heavenly home which He has prepared–a home where Jews, Gentiles, Greeks, and yes, Assyrian-Iranians will live as one people with one identity. As I eagerly long for that day, I find myself praying, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Here are my posts from this week regarding the gospel and race:

Part One (Introduction)
Part Two (My Story)
Part Three (Resources)
Part Four (Scriptural Account)

For those who care to have these posts in one downloadable document, I have compiled them in a PDF document which you can access HERE.

I mentioned in my last post that I relied considerably upon the work of J. Daniel Hays and his book, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. As an addendum, I have included below the seven conclusions and implications from his book.

1. The biblical world was multi-ethnic, and blacks were involved in God’s unfolding plan of redemption from the beginning.

2. All people are created in the image of God, and therefore all races and ethnic groups have the same status and unique value that results from the image of God.

3. Genesis 10 and the Abrahamic promise combine to form a theme that runs throughout Scripture, constantly pointing to the global and multi-ethnic elements inherent in the overarching plan of God.

4. Racial intermarriage is sanctioned in Scripture.

5. The gospel demands that we carry compassion and the message of Christ across ethnic lines.

6. The New Testament demands active unity in the Church, a unity that explicitly joins differing ethnic groups together because of their common identity in Christ.

7. The picture of God’s people at the climax of history portrays a multi-ethnic congregation from every tribe, language, people, and nation, all gathered together in worship around God’s throne.

Note: Anthony J. Carter reviewed J. Daniel Hays’ book for IX Marks.  You can read his review by going here.

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