S4 E7 | Are Christians Afraid to Talk About Racism? with Corey Widmer

picture of Corey Widmer, guest on the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast


Marxism is often brought up when talking about progressive views of justice, but what are the secular concepts that shape conservative views of justice? Are they biblical? Corey Widmer, lead pastor of Third Church in Richmond, VA, tells his story of moving into, and out of, a neighborhood in the inner city of Richmond, and he talks with Amy Julia about race, white evangelicalism, faith, biblical justice, and whether or not Christians are afraid to talk about racism.

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Corey Widmer is the lead pastor of Third Church in Richmond, VA, where he is called, “along with the other elders to keep us true to the mission of God to restore all things, including our city.”

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Are Christians Afraid to Talk About Racism? episode quotes | Corey Widmer

“It’s very difficult to be faithful as a Christian, I think, in the public sphere because we’re just so prone to either removing ourselves or…compromising ourselves by giving our allegiance so deeply to a particular social and political grouping.”

“Sin has not just disconnected me from God. It has disintegrated this social, economic, and cultural fabric of the societies that we live in. And so as Christians, we’re called not just to preach good news of forgiveness but also the good news of the renovating and restoring and renewing work that the gospel can do for neighborhoods, communities, families, and societies.”

Marxism is not the only secular concept of justice. Actually, the typical view of justice that we have as Americans is also profoundly secular and was birthed out of the Enlightenment…it’s not just that progressive Christians are malformed by this Marxist view of justice. It’s that conservative Christians are really malformed by this libertarian and liberal view of justice that is not from the Bible.”

“A true biblical worldview and a true biblical teaching of justice is unlike anything that any of us probably have seen. And, therefore, you shouldn’t fit into any political category or any secular concept of justice.”

“Has our hope been in national greatness? Has our hope been in retaining cultural power? The first thing we always need to do is repent and to turn away from what we have allowed to falsely shape us. And then turn freshly to Jesus as the only hope of the world. But the hope of Jesus won’t be as beautiful and clear and wonderful if we don’t first recognize the ways that we have put so much of our hope into false idols that ultimately don’t deliver.”


Thank you to Breaking Ground, the co-host for this podcast.

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