Christians, Consider Your Words

Author and pastor Dhati Lewis shares a story about an uphill battle he and his wife faced within the church as an interracial couple during their engagement. His then-fiancée was told by fellow white church members that she was being disobedient and rebellious in marrying a Black man. Dhati was told by his friends and family that it would be better to marry a nonbelieving Black woman than a believing white woman: “The sad reality is that I really believe they were genuinely trying to help us. … Both sides justified their responses. Both sides approached us as well-meaning people trying to keep us from harm and danger. But in our whole engagement journey, not one person took a stand to say that division caused by racism, discrimination, or prejudice is a spiritual and moral problem. No one was willing to call it sin” (Dhati Lewis, “Racial Division: A Real Problem, A Real Opportunity,” Send Institute, March 20, 2018,

Sermon Illustration Preview

This is a preview of a sermon illustration members receive with a Ministry Pass subscription. Login or sign up to access our full library of illustrations.

Bring Christmas to Life Again

Fresh Ideas to Connect Christmas with Life

101 Christmas Sermon Series Ideas

Want to be the leader your people need but feeling overwhelmed and on edge?

Get a copy of our FREE guide to avoiding burnout and discover what causes pastoral burnout, and how to heal so you can lead well into the future!

Where can we send this ebook?

Bring Christmas to Life Again

Powerful and Relevant Illustrations Connect Christmas with Life

Christmas Illustration Ideas Mockup iPad

22 Fresh Advent Sermon Series Ideas for Christmas 2021

Inspiration to Breathe New Life to the Traditions of Christmas