The End of Racism
Sermon by Dr. Robert Foster
Ephesians 6:10-17 and 2:4-10
Sept. 6, 2015
Call to Worship (duo Amanda and Rick Martin)
Choir Anthem: “Give Me Jesus”
A message from Dr. Robert Foster …
Today’s sermon was an effort to join in the larger movement this weekend responding to the call from — especially our sisters and brothers of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) — churches to focus our services this weekend on “Confession, Repentance, and a Commitment to End of Racism.”
I hope that you will find many things in this sermon encouraging in our struggle for racial justice. Still, I must ask that as you listen to this sermon to please forgive me for using the phrase “colored people” at one point in this sermon to refer to people of other races. All of you who know me understand that I would never use this phrase on purpose and that as an extemporaneous preacher I do not always know exactly how I will phrase things in any sermon. I can only tell you that I was horrified when a close friend pointed this out to me after the sermon and I ask you to forgive me for using this phrase.
I say in the sermon that I approach racism like an addictive disease that I and this nation are still in recovery from, even when individually we have been in recovery for some years. I am very sorry to have ironically pointed to my own continuing recovery from systemic racism.