Gracism is a made-up word. It is defined by Dr. David Anderson, pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland, as the intentional act of extending positive favor based on color, class, or culture.
In Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, Dr. Anderson advocates justice in action, on a personal and systematic level. To him, gracism is at the very heart of reconciliation. As the founder and senior pastor of one of the nation’s leading multicultural churches, I think he’s qualified to speak to Bible-centric racial reconciliation.
Gracist living doesn’t refuse the good things that life has to offer. It simply refuses to ignore those who aren’t as privileged to enjoy such benefits and is committed to doing something about it.
The bulk of the book is based on portions of the Apostle Paul’s teachings in 1 Cor 12:22-26, which speaks to the necessity and interdependence of each member of Christ’s body. This small, hardcover book is a quick read. And, I have to admit, that at times I found things a little too neatly packaged. Almost overly simplified. That said, I do think the book would make a great small group discussion tool, particularly if the group faithfully uses the questions for reflection included at the end of each chapter.