This post is part of my 2020 goal to read 25 books.

Race, Cross, and the Christian


I bought this book in response to the discussion around the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020. My goal in reading it was to educate myself on the Biblical response to racism. For the purposes of this review (and as noted by the book), the definition of racism is as follows:

An explicit or implicit belief or practice that qualitatively distinguishes or values one race over other races.

Presbyterian Church in America

I feel that it’s worth noting that while many evil things have been done in the name of Christ, this does not negate what Christians are called to do:

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:31, ESV

The book itself covers a number of topics, including:

  • John Piper’s perspective of growing up in the height of the civil rights movement in South Carolina
  • The eventual settling of he and his wife in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis
  • Their unexpected adoption of an African American toddler at age 50
  • Commentary on:
    • The institution of slavery in the United States
    • Observations by Michael Dyson, Juan Williams and Bill Cosby [the book was written in 2011, prior to his conviction]
  • Reformed theology as it relates to racism
  • Biblical arguments against racism

As one might imagine, this book has a Christian world-view and as such those who don’t share it might not find much value in it’s admonitions. That being said, I found it profoundly moving and deeply empowering to combat racism in the Church (and beyond).

Author: John Piper

Score: 3/3

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