Once again, our nation has been rocked by a prejudice that attacks the very fabric of our culture. Another senseless, tragic death of a black man on the streets of Minnesota has exploded in many directions. It has erupted into anguish, into prayers, into protests, and into civil unrest. Many are left wondering what to make of it all.
We, as a church, don't claim to have all the answers. But we know the One who does: Jesus. We are trying to lean into His teachings, His heart, and His values for understanding and direction.
The fundamental problem exposed once again - racism - is not primarily a political issue, it is a spiritual one. It is rooted in the state of a person's heart. And it is Jesus who has the power to clean hate and prejudice from any heart and replace it with compassion and acceptance. It is Jesus who has the power to turn enemies into friends, and adversaries into allies. So it is the church that must lead the way on this issue.
Leading the way requires everyone who follows Jesus to first examine his or her own heart. Let us allow God to expose any attitude or belief that does not mirror His heart for people. If Jesus wouldn't think it, or say it, or do it, then neither should we. And if Jesus would think it, or say it, or do it, then so must we.
The Connections Staff has compiled the following list of resources. By no means is this list a solution to the systemic racism the exists in our country. Our goal is to better understand the views and feelings of the black community. This list is intended to serve as a starting point as we examine our hearts, start conversations, and lean into the Spirit of God. We have read, watched, or listened to every resource and believe that they can help us move toward racial reconciliation. Please note however that the views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Connections Community Church.