Concordia Theological Monthly

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law, love, church, creator, gospel, society, blacks, different ministries, social, whites, racial, christians

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Consideration of the racial issue in the context of social reform has often been marked by a profound confusion of the Law and the Gospel. As a result, rather ill-defined issues have been confounded by a darkening of the light itself. The Law has not been used lawfully, and the Gospel has not been employed evangelically. The church in relation to culture has been seen as a "Statue of Liberty" that bears the torch of social reform, holding it high in the air as she leads mankind to a better society. She has been viewed as the "conscience of society," speaking her word to the issues of racial prejudice and inequality so that the Gospel becomes not only the dynamic of social reform but also its pattern, means, and goal.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars