“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BILL
What should I do? What do I say? Do I even understand the real issues? These are questions that have come to my mind as a follower of Jesus and leader in His church as I consider the ugly reality of racism in our country. God throughout the Bible is clear on His love for all people, that all people are bearers of His image, and He does not tolerate social and racial injustice (see prophets).
So as we desire to grow and reflect the love of God in our own lives we thought we’d pass on some resources for you to consider. Below are books, podcasts, articles, even movies that have been helpful to myself and others I trust. Let’s grow in our understanding by continuing the conversations with friends of a different color than yourself as well as individually educate ourselves. Let’s also remember to lovingly encourage others to join us on this journey and pray that God protects us from self-righteousness in the process.
As always, when reading, listening or watching the resources below, I expect all of us to filter everything through the truth of God’s Word. Receive what resonates with God and His heart and reject that which contradicts. Let’s have a posture of grace and truth while we learn.
I’m committed to growing with you in thinking, loving and living like Jesus.
Click below to read Rolling Hills’ Racial Reconciliation Statement of Faith.
RACIAL UNITY RESOURCES
Below are resources that can help you understand and educate yourself about racial reconciliation. Some of the resources below can provide perspectives that others may have in this area. Some of those perspectives or doctrines do not necessarily align with Rolling Hills, but they are important for you to understand as you engage in conversations with others.
Knocking Down Walls Sermon by Pastor Bill Towne (July 24, 2022)
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
“Letters from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.
Just Mercy – available to rent
Selma – available to rent
If you would like to dive deeper into racial reconciliation, please contact our Racial Unity Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21