Bloodlines by John Piper is an excellent look at the issue of race from a humble, Christian perspective. Let’s face it, the American church has a horrible record on this issue and has found itself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of morality and Scripture. A PDF copy of this book is available free from DesiringGod. It would be a great read, especially on this Martin Luther King Day.
Here’s the book description:
Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?
Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.
Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”