Restorative Racial JusticeA Call to Live in Flourishing Freedom
A Global Baptist Family Standing Together
In light of the ongoing realities of racial injustice in the world, the BWA launched a special Racial Justice Action Group in October 2020 with unanimous affirmation from the BWA Executive Committee. Co-chaired by BWA General Secretary Elijah M. Brown and BWA First Vice President Karl Johnson from Jamaica, the Action group embarked on a two-year journey to:
The Need for Restorative Racial Justice
The human propensity to grasp and gather for ourselves that which belongs to our brothers and sisters is an ancient sin that continues to crouch at the doors of our hearts individually and collectively. Across history this tendency has been aided by the sinful lie of racism – to posit one’s self or one’s group as if it is inherently superior – with its many guises that are structured and unstructured, collective and individualized, intentional and unconscious, propagated or inherited.
The Gospel of Jesus redeems us from the sinful chains of inherent superiority for the freedom of inherent co-dignity in the image of God that receives its ultimate expression in “every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and before the Lamb” in the fullness of worship and equality. Crucially, this freedom is not the eradication of those elements that have most often contributed to racism – nation, tribe, people, or language – but the celebration of this beautiful diversity of co-dignity in equality.
To live with this vision of flourishing freedom requires repentance, reorientation, restoration, and the pursuit of just righteousness. In so doing it sets both the captor and the captive free.
Historical Racial Justice Statements
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