Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)


Recent events in the United States have exposed racism as a disease that still plagues us today and an enduring need for racial healing. Disparities can be found in every socio-economic category with race as the dividing line. The root causes of these disparities can be linked to deeply ingrained social and systemic constructs that favor whites, and manufactured ideologies of the supremacy of whiteness produced by Christians and deemed as divinely willed. When viewed correctly today, racism must be understood as a systemic issue embedded in the social and political structures of our country that perpetuate inequity and inequality undermining the inherent dignity of African Americans in the United States, hindering God’s plan for their lives. This thesis proposes that white Christians must come to terms with racism through participation in the work for racial harmony but first they must be open to conversion and shedding indifference, followed by a willingness to model Christ’s sacrificial love of God and neighbor in the struggle toward racial justice.