#RacialRec: Bloodlines Summary ~ Assess, Believe, and Change

As I close with a summary of our Bloodlines discussion, I want to first thank Trillia for sharing her insights, personal experiences, and convictions to this conversation. I thank her for raising her voice as an African American woman, wife, mother, and disciple of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Piper closes the book with several appendices, one of which is entitled “How and Why Bethlehem Baptist Church Pursues Ethnic Diversity.” I have never worshiped at Bethlehem Baptist Church so I have absolutely no clue what actually goes on there. It does seem, at least from Dr. Piper’s writings, that the right people (leadership) are asking the right questions on how to pursue racial reconciliation within their local church.

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#RacialRec: Bloodlines ~ Can We Change Our Vision?

Part Two/Section Four: Interracial Marriage and Prejudice

Natasha to Trillia: I believe you have written about your interracial marriage. Can you please share your experience with us? What are some of the real life challenges of raising multi-cultural children in America? Please respond to Piper’s statement: “The bloodline of Christ is deeper than the bloodlines of race.” 

Trillia Newbell photosI have written about my marriage on Today’s Christian Woman. The first article, “United in Christ”, addresses how interracial marriage reflects the gospel and has the potential to bring God glory. The second article, “Interracial and One in Christ”, takes a closer look into my marriage, the struggles, and how God unites us despite our differences.

Honestly, I have not experienced any real-life challenges raising biracial children in America—yet. They are very young, so most of the struggles I have experienced have been a result of my own fear. Fear of rejection from my son in particular as he grows older and realizes how different (outwardly speaking) we are. I am no longer as fearful as I was when I first gave birth to him, nearly seven years ago. People have assumed quite frequently that I am my children’s nanny or babysitter. My kids have very light complexions. Some might say that they simply do not look biracial—they look white. So I have had people ask me if I were watching them, and I simply and kindly reply, I am their mother.

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#RacialRec: Bloodlines ~ How can We Pursue Racial Reconciliation?

Part Two/Section Three: The Ultimate Goal of the Gospel

Natasha to Trillia: Dr. Piper makes the profound statement, “Diverse Unity is More Glorious than the Unity of Sameness.” What does this statement and these verses mean to you? What do they look like in the mirror of racial reconciliation?

This statement means to me that Dr. Piper is merely highlighting the Scriptures that address equality for all men regardless of ethnicity and the reflection of the last day when all tongues and tribes will worship together. It reminds me of the often quoted verse in Galatians: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (3:28). The diversity found in this verse coupled with the profound statement that we are all “one in Christ Jesus” is what I believe is one aspect Dr. Piper is referring to.

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