We’ve all at some time been the person, and likely dealt with the person, who sometimes obviously and sometimes subtly has some truly racist fears in them. It’s an issue that touches all of us because, well for one, we all have a race, and for two, this world is only getting smaller. So my last post was obviously the “Who Knew?” videos that I find quite interesting and entertaining, but in that post I embedded the video about Black History month – which is THIS month of February. Sooo, while on this subject I just thought I’d relay on a good little resource.
John Piper, whom in no secret way has my respect, recently did a bit of a documentary about his home life, community and growing up in a racist culture. This was to go along with his book he released, entitled “Bloodlines.” So here is the short documentary (the preview to it is on the right, here) and a link to a FREE download of the book – all after the “jump.”
I know for myself at least, that it’s tempting to think this isn’t very relevant these days. However, I know from working in college ministry and having just recently been a student athlete and being involved in campus life, that racism is far from gone. At least in our area and community it isn’t as much “black and white” as it is often concerning the hundreds of Asian students that attend our campus and live in our community. Besides, no matter how it looks in our American community, the world at large though, still faces genocide, terrorism, and racism like never before – all of which the Christ of cross has overcome. I’ve never read a book by Piper that isn’t culturally relevant, challenging, and thought provoking in pointing to Christ as the redeemer and changer of all things. I’ve downloaded my free copy, but it’s still back in the line-up for a bit… but hey, it seemed like a good month to relay this on. I’m sure it’s a good resource. :)