Key Bible Verse: Peter said, “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another.” (Acts 10:34, CEB)

I read an interesting quote [in the book Reconciliation Blues by Ed Gilbreath] that highlighted the reality that authentic oneness comes as an outgrowth of shared lives, not simply through a cross-cultural experience here or there. He said, “I know many of my white friends and colleagues, both past and present, have at times grown irritated by the black community’s incessant blabbering about race and racism and racial reconciliation. They don’t understand what’s left for them to do or say. ‘We have African Americans and other people of color on our staff,’ [they tell us]. ‘We listen to Tony Evans’s broadcast every day. We even send our youth group into the city to do urban ministry. Can we get on with it already? Haven’t we done enough?'”

With the racial divide still stretching wide, we obviously haven’t done enough. Much of what has gone on under the designation of racial reconciliation and oneness in Christianity is nothing more than tolerance.

But tolerating each other does not mean we have reconciled. The two are not the same, as demonstrated by the fact that we remain relationally separated most of the time as opposed to living out a desire for ongoing mutual edification and implementation of a shared vision.

—Tony Evans in Oneness Embraced

My Response: What barriers to racial unity do I see in my own congregation or community?