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Scripture tells us that we do not simply *have* the image of God; we *are* the image of God, thoroughly and holistically, as human beings. This means all people equally bear the likeness of God, which makes racism a problematic issue that must be treated as the evil offense against God and human beings that it is.
*Racial identity development* refers to the process of defining for oneself the personal significance and social meaning of belonging to a particular racial group. Racially mature people will assert not only that their race is a factor in how they experience the world but also that identity is mo...
A historical context is necessary for identifying and fighting racism in the present day. As we explore the causes and consequences of racism, history provides the vital context of the past to pursue solutions in the present that are rooted in a firm understanding of racial justice.
Understanding the problems of racial ruptures at a spiritual level can aid attempts to bring healing through reconciliation. And this understanding comes from the demonstrated truth that all reconciliation is relational: the Son of God becoming human in Jesus Christ.