Racial Reconciliation | College of Biblical Studies

Racial Reconciliation

Video "What Color is Love" Panel Discussion


The College of Biblical Studies was founded in 1979 in response to systemic racism. Today, we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of others in denouncing this oppressive systemic evil. Any assault against God’s creative image is an assault against Him. In fact, in our traditional bachelor’s degree programs, students are required to take a class on Culture, Race and the Church, a curriculum designed by Dr. Charles Ware, founder of Grace Relations and CBS staff member.

Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image.” Imago Dei is Latin for “image of God,” and the basic understanding of this phrase is that humans are created in God’s own image. Because of that, humans are different from any other creature on earth. Humans reflect God’s divine nature in our ability to achieve the unique characteristics with which we have been heavenly endowed.

In our selfish pursuit of greed, power, or pleasure, humanity blindly attempts to usurp divine authority by ignoring or oppressing the Imago Dei in others. The moral implications of Imago Dei are apparent in God’s greatest commandment, quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22:38-40:

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.”

As Christians, we find our highest purpose fulfilled when we love God our Creator and love each other as ourselves. Because of God’s grace, and because we are made in the image of God, we are all His creation through whom His divine plans and purposes are made known to the world.


More resources:

Statement on Biblical and Theological Rationale for Cultural Diversity

Grace Relations Logo