PRIVILEGE. OPPRESSION. POWER. INEQUALITY. Racial Discrimination. Hot-button concepts as these drive a current polarization in America which has split even family members into viciously competing political blocs and threatened to plunge an entire nation into civil war. This division has by no means avoided the Church. What is most troubling, however, is that too often Christians are found arguing their positions on race as "God's truth" without resorting to any direct Scriptural references to Biblically support their convictions. And without reliance on the absolute truth of God's Word to judge even the smallest differences, Christians are left in perpetual conflict with each other, something which does nothing to help a lost world of unrest find the answers for which it is looking.
That being said, does God's Word actually address the issue of race/racism that plagues our nation today?
In Putting Race to the Sword, author Lexis J. Sullivan takes us on a comprehensive "Bible study" to reveal how God does address matters regarding race. Using a paradigm of sociological theory, Lexis targets Christian college students/scholars, social activists, and church leaders in particular, showing how God's Word can be interpreted and applied to adequately explain many of the hot-button concepts of racial divisions today, all of this being rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lexis presents a complex read with ideas that will challenge everyone, making people on all "sides" uncomfortable. His hope is, though, this study will provide readers a firm foundation rooted in the Word, by which to come together and engage in constructive discussion and debate on race/racism, at the very least, and spur pragmatic solutions to issues of social injustice as a consequence. If you are ready, Lexis invites you to grab a Bible and join him on this journey today!