“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7
Join Trillia Newbell, Isaac Adams, and Ray Ortlund as they discuss racial strife and the church. While recording this episode, Ray made an apt analogy. He compared the evil of racism to the demon possessing the boy in Mark 9:14-29. Jesus said about that demon: “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Reflecting on racism in the church, Ray said, “that demon is deep, baby; it’s deep!” And so we pray.
We pray, as Trillia mentioned, that we wouldn’t be smiling racists. We confess our weakness. And we do so because, as Ray said, “If we’re really going to make a difference regarding ethnic strife and unity, prayer must be at the foundation of everything.”
Isaac Adams & Trillia Newbell
Links & Show Notes:
- Black Lives Matter and Racial Tension in America Here’s an article breaking down the statistics of racial divisions in American churches in light of the racial strife from the last few years.
- Divided by Faith A fuller-treatment that analyzes, from a sociological perspective, the differences in worldviews of different evangelicals and how that leads to racial divisions.
- UWP Podcast Recorded and produced by Karl Magnuson. Graphic design by Rob Alvey.