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DAY 4 – LEARN MORE

 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2, ESV

 

Perhaps the greatest weapon of war is the mind. Wars start and end in the mind. First comes thought, then an action. The Christian’s greatest weapon against the enemy is using the mind to control the body, and to influence of others for the glory of God. When William Wilberforce surrendered his mind to God and changed his view of slavery, he became a mighty weapon of war and led anti-slavery efforts, which eventually led to the abolishment of slavery in the British Empire in 1807.

 

Fredrick Douglas, the abolitionist, is another example of a mind-change that led to social change. He was a runaway slave that escaped and educated himself, and was later able to serve as a prophetic voice for his day and time, authoring a number of books, lectured and led many social reforms in his time.

 

The mind is a weapon we must take up to fight against ignorance, complacency, and apathy, and renew our minds with Biblical theology, and study the history of our black brothers and sisters. We must seek to grow in our understanding of current issues, not just diving into discussions without knowing the issues, but seeking to understand both sides. 

 

The following list of books provides some great resources for education:

 

  1. “Woke Church: An urgent call for Christians to confront racism and social injustice” by Eric Mason

 

  1. “Right Color, Wrong Culture” by Brian Loritts

 

  1. “The Multi-Ethnic Church” by Mark DeYmaz

 

  1. “Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together” by Tony Evans

 

  1. “Beyond Racial Gridlock” by George Yancey

 

  1. “One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love” by John Perkins

 

  1. “Generous Justice” by Tim Keller

 

  1. “Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation” by Joseph J. Ellis

 

  1. “Politics According to the Bible” by Wayne Grudem

 

  1. “Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning” by Wayne Grudem

 

  1. “White Like Me: Reflections on Race, From a Privileged Son” by Tim Wise

 

  1. “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein

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