The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Perspective: 'Racism is our sin too'

Among Lutherans, no one should be considered an outsider

Does race matter? It shouldn't for Christians. Yet it does. Week after week, Christians declare that water is thicker than blood. We confess that our baptismal oneness in Christ is stronger than our differences of race, politics or anything else. But many Lutheran congregations remain vestiges of separatism. In the United States, Sunday morning at 11 remains one of the most segregated hours of the week.

Racism blinds Christians to the fullness of God's kingdom. Scripture reminds us repeatedly that all of God's children, "all tribes and families and nations," are welcome in God's kingdom (Revelation 7:9).

But often congregations can be unwelcoming or even hostile to those who are racially, ethnically or culturally different. 

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