Saturday, September 24, 2011

Introducing Bloodlines by John Piper

I just received the new book Bloodlines by John Piper. I have read most everything he has written (or at least I have it in my library). This book comes as no surprise, as Piper has long been a voice of racial reconciliation. I have only thumbed through it and read the preface and introduction at this point. But I thought I would take a moment to share a thought he makes at the beginning of the preface. Maybe this will intrigue you enough to read the book.
"As I prepare to send Bloodlines into a world of ethnic and racial discord, I thank God that he has spoken. We are not left to ourselves. We humans have never had the resources in ourselves to love each other well across ethnic lines. There is too much selfishness in all of us. 
But God has told us what we must do. And he has sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to do what we can't and to give us new power to do what we must. His death for us, and his Spirit in us, can make a world of difference. 
God has told us not to murder (Ex. 20:13). He has told us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Lev. 19:18; Gal. 5:14)--including the neighbor who is an enemy (Matt. 5:44). He has told us to do good to everyone (Gal. 6:10)--including those who hate us (Luke 6:27). He has told us to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) and to treat others the way we would like to be treated (Matt. 7:12). 
He has revealed to us that every human is created in the image of God (James 3:9). He has shown us that we all have the same human father and are therefore kinsman by blood (Acts 17:26). And he has made clear that, when his Son died on the cross for our sins, he 'ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation' (Rev. 5:9). Racial harmony is a blood issue, not just a social issue." (13)
It looks like a good book. You might want to pick it up and read it!

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