Jim Crow vs. Jesus Christ

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Jim Crow is dead; Jesus Christ is alive.

But, like a zombie, the spirit of Jim Crow keeps walking. The answer is a gospel that is as big as the kingdom of Christ.

Trillia Newbell, consultant for women’s initiatives here at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is one of the most powerful young voices in evangelical Christianity. In her new book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, Trillia asks us to imagine what it would look like if reconciliation were more than rhetoric and programs but a Christ-shaped vision of an empty tomb that casts out fear, hate, and division.

Christianity Today reviewed Trillia’s book here, and you can order it here. Read it and ask how your church can grow to look more like the kingdom of God, resplendent as it is with those from every tribe, tongue, nation and language. We’re united, after all, not by the blood of our ancestors but by the blood of Christ Jesus, not by the spirit of the age but by the Spirit of God.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.