When I was in graduate school, I took a very formative course on black church history with an African American pastor. I vividly recall him saying in class, when discussing racism in the church, “Don’t tell me what you believe about Jesus. Tell me how you feel about black people, and that will tell meContinue reading “Loving others in their context needs to happen FIRST”
Let me set the context again when it comes to posting something on race and racism. The “big event” for me was the shooting of Philando Castile last summer. So many high profile shootings had been boiling over to that point, but when this shooting happened in my metro area to a man who was simply pulledContinue reading “The hard discussions on race”
The past couple of weeks have been a blur for me in personal ways, but I am so thankful for leaders in our church who keep things moving forward. One of those areas where we are challenged is the issue of race. The Philando Castile case has heightened awareness in our city and state.
We are in a pivotal moment.
I need to stay awake. My soul is weary. I need to stay awake.
Does the cross of Christ WORK in this world of racial inequality?
We need to move away from “either/or” to embrace “both/and”.
Let me use these words with clarity: what we have is systemic racism.
Today is a day for lament for me. A white man with a young family and a busted tail light would be alive today. But a black man? Dead.