A blueprint for racial healing in America, with God’s Word as the foundation.
One Nation Under God: Healing Racial Divides in America is Keith Haney’s bible study to “Help us see each other as people, clearly loved by God.”
Bible Study with Racial Unity theme
Split between Leader and Student versions, the six biblically-based lessons walk through the process of establishing the framework, mindset, and social norms that create and perpetuate racial divide within our country, and the actions we can take to help alleviate the problem.
Straightforward and Comprehensive
The sessions tackle issues head-on. They include: Sin Distorts our Identity, Who is the Real Enemy, Who is My Neighbor, We are One in Christ, What Can I Do, and Building a Foundation of Trust.
Each session follows a formula including a memory verse, application, scripture text, reflection question, the text, mission opportunity for the week, insights from the author, and conclusion.
Mr. Haney’s writing is concise and respectful. He takes the time needed to make his points, stopping short of preaching. He presents both sides of the issue with surprising and refreshing fairness, insight, and balance.
Stark reality topped with Hope
Keith Haney shines neon lights on America’s serious racial divide. Blinders are torn off. The situation begins to feel hopeless, but then a message of hope and healing emerges.
“Jesus Christ can work through us to change this racially divided culture, rewrite the hateful speech and dialogue, and heal the racial division one person at a time.”
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You can find more about this book’s publisher Concordia Publishing House HERE.
How it affected me:
This book had a profound effect on me. I consider myself fairly understanding of the racial divide, based on many circumstances in my life including being in the racial majority during elementary school, then the racial minority during middle school, and having bi-racial family members. I’ve also served as a board member of and an author for Empowered Youth, an amazing organization serving the youth of the toughest neighborhoods in Miami. You can check out Empowered Youth HERE and their book Hope in the Hood is HERE.
And yet, One Nation Under God had me on the verge of tears several times. I realized that the racial divide is easy for me to ignore because I’m not affected by it on a daily basis in my little world. My only regular reminders are the news stories that I can put out of my mind as I move along to the next headline. My multi-racial neighborhood in Florida is middle class and generally peaceful.
Well, One Nation Under God lit a fire under me to become part of the solution. Since I read this Bible study, I’ve joined the online community called Be the Bridge so I can begin to understand the ongoing issues from both perspectives and work toward unity.
There were two points included in One Nation Under God that both surprised and educated me.
- Slavery: I’m not gonna lie. When I saw that the topic of slavery was going to be addressed, I rolled my mind’s eye. However, Mr. Haney went on to answer my unspoken questions of, “Why does slavery have to come into this discussion?” and “Why am I being held responsible for the sins of people I don’t even know?” This section helped me gain a perspective I hadn’t had before.
- Black Lives Matter: The description of the Black Lives Matter movement and the tremendous backlash over the supposedly well-meaning All Lives Matter was another eye-opener for me. I was pleased to see that my personal perspective was portrayed – that of a white person who believed that the term All Lives Matter meant – ‘of course black lives matter because all lives matter’. But my husband later told me he felt there had been dishonorable intention behind the All Lives Matter movement. This served as another example to me of why it’s important to establish open and honest dialogue within a given race and between races, and the need to stand up to others of our own race when we see racism.
Who would enjoy this book:
Anyone trying to address racial unity should use this resource – for middle-schoolers through adult audiences. While a racially diverse group might be ideal for discussion purposes, One Nation Under God can also work well for segregated audiences, and maybe more powerful for white Americans, who may misunderstand and/or ignore the racial divide.
One Nation Under God would be a valuable resource for almost any venue. Common examples would be Christian youth groups, school diversity clubs (that allow religious discussion), summer camps and programs, religious retreats, after-school programs, teacher conferences, and countless others.
Meet the Author:
An ordained pastor for over 20 years, Rev. B. Keith Haney is the Mission Facilitator for the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS. He has served multi-ethnic urban congregations in Detroit, St. Louis, and Milwaukee for over 13 years. In January 2016, he started to write a blog to encourage believers in their faith journey and non-believers to explore difficult faith issues. The discussion on race in America has grown out of an increased awareness that there were few voices speaking God’s truth and hope into the racial tension. This Bible study along with his blog are opening doors to have that authentic and honest conversation.
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