This book presents true stories and reflections of Christians in Singapore about grappling with issues of ethnicity or nationality in the church. We hear from individuals who have been on the receiving end of racism as well as inclusive hospitality, individuals who have been convicted by the Lord to repent of their prejudices, and church leaders who are working on intentionally creating inclusive spaces that celebrate ethnic and national diversity. Contributors also share theological, pastoral and practical approaches to this issue.
The primary audience of this book is Christians, whether in leadership or not, for reflection, encouragement, and equipping on this topic. This is not a book to shame or blame local or majority ethnicity Christians, but a call out of love for the whole Church to reflect and work towards becoming a more united and inclusive gospel community reflecting the biblical vision of multi-cultural diversity.
A Brief Theological Reflection on Racism and Christian Transformation
SECTION 1 — Created In His Image
1. When Race and Faith Collide
2. Inclusivity and the Church
3. On Foreignness
4. Finding Faith in a Foreign Land
5. He Turned My Mourning into Dancing
6. An Honest Conversation on Casual Racism and Empathy
7. The Indian Pastor
Come and Listen—Reflection
SECTION 2 — When the Light Dawns
8. Confessions from a Repentant Ex-Racist
9. A Friend, Not a Foreigner
10. Race Matters
A Look Inward—Reflection
SECTION 3 — God’s Home Among His People
11. Fear, or Faith?
12. Striving for a Gospel-Shaped Community
13. Kingdom Culture in a Live-Learn Community
14. Building a Global Gospel Community
15. Our Father’s House
16. Working Towards a Multicultural Identity
Racism in Church: A Pastoral Review—Reflection
"Paul’s statement that “in Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free” can be misunderstood as treating race, gender, and economic power as merely accidents of culture that should dissolve before an unduly universalised “identity in Christ”. Thankfully, this book of stories and reflections on race tells us that race matters. It mirrors before us the many ways by which racism rears its head, and makes us aware of deep-seated impulses and reflexes born out of our cultural and social conditioning."
Dr Melba Padilla Maggay
Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture
"It is likely that some racial prejudice lurks within every one of us, and we need the eyes and tears of others to help us see. This book provides us with the tears of those who have suffered racial prejudice, sometimes from blatant attacks, but more often from persons who unintentionally inflicted pain and offense. Let’s read, reflect, and let God’s Spirit reduce the racial prejudice within us."
Bishop Dr Gordon Wong
The Methodist Church in Singapore