Dr. Perkins' parting words to the church on race, in his book One Blood, point us in the body of Christ to lament, confession, forgiveness, and positive action in the Christ-reflecting work of reconciliation. And both black people and white people have work to do in confessing, first before God, and then before one another, those things which have divided us and not pointed to the kingdom of God. From the book's study guide, here are some questions to take this deeper:
- Dr. Perkins suggests that, like the prodigal son, the Church has walked away from the standards that God set for us. What do you see as the standards that are guiding the church today?
- How has anger on the part of blacks played a significant role in the struggle for reconciliation?
- Explain the historical and current aspects of and implications of this anger.
- How are you impacted by John Piper's statement on page 86? [by the way: his book Bloodlines is available for download at https://www.desiringgod.org/books/bloodlines]
- Are you conscious of white privilege, or do you feel that it is a myth?
- What are you fearful of as it relates to this discussion of biblical reconciliation?
- Do you have a personal confession that you feel led to make in this arena of reconciliation?