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Bloodlines: Sin & Racism

September 15, 2011

This visually captivating video was too good to neglect not sharing with you today.  If you like reading, check it out.  Regarding political stances, Tim Keller shares his thoughts in the foreword, and they are insightful and hits on where “conservatives” and “liberals” get it wrong on sin and racism.  Growing up in the south, it is the true that by and large, conservatives tend to be more racist.  Piper grew up in South Carolina.  And liberals don’t know how to handle it either for it’s not based on the Gospel, even in morality and righteousness.   Piper tries to break down those evangelical barriers with this new offering.

Tim Keller –

Many have made racism and prejudice virtually the only thing they will still call a “sin,” and they often lay the guilt for the sin of racism at the doorstep of those who are social conservatives.

Because of that, many who identify themselves as conservatives simply don’t want to hear about racism anymore. They give lip service to it being a sin, but they associate any sustained denunciation of racism with the liberal or secular systems of thought.

John’s book, which you have in your hands, is a strong antidote to this misconception. His motivation is simply as a preacher of the Word to bring to light what God says in it regarding race and racism.


From → Culture, Gospel

  1. Didn’t watch the video. But it’s interesting. Keller seems to be suffering some white guilt… like everybody else…

    Here’s the thing: I’ve had black friends. I don’t believe blacks are less than human, or any less valuable than anybody else in the eyes of God. I don’t believe in a ban on interracial marriage. And I do think it’s wrong to discriminate against people for NO OTHER REASON than their race (though whether it should be federally legislated is a whole separate discussion).

    So in all the senses that really matter, I am not a racist. And honestly, even though you could probably find some (emphasis on _some_) conservatives who are, I would guess the majority of social conservatives are not. Unless for some reason people in the South still think black people are animals, or something.

    • To clarify, I meant to insert the word “still” in the second to last sentence. There was a time decades ago when those who might have called themselves “conservative” in some sense believed that the separate facilities and what-not were right and good. But honestly, who still believes that now?

    • people in the south still do. and people in the south are still conservative democrats. you are learning so much!!!

      • But do they represent the majority of conservatism? Are they the major voices influencing conservatism right now? Even southern conservatism?

        Maybe you could clarify exactly what you mean by “Democrats.” I assume you mean people who vote Democrat in all elections?

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