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. 

Books

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

A leading advocate for racial reconciliation offers a clarion call for Christians to move toward relationship and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

Videos

These 2 videos Address multi-ethnicity and race from the perspective of a Church First Impressions Team

 

The first-century church was deeply divided over race and social status. Too often, the modern church is too. But God commands us to love one another as we share with the world the good news that God loves everybody. Andy Stanley, pastor of Northpoint in Atlanta, talks to Sam Collier and Joseph Sojourner.

  • Skin in the Game

Podcasts

Resource for parents to start conversations with their kids about race:

Websites

Helping people and organizations to be aware and respond to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world. People are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but grounded in truth. All are equipped to flourish.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Social Media

The following social media accounts offer content to expand our perspective.

  • Pastor John Gray

  • Dr Derwin L Gray

  • Sam Collier

  • Be The Bridge - on Instagram and  on Facebook 

  • BCI (Black Christian Influencers) on Instagram

Film

Just Mercy- The New York Times Bestselling book is now a movie. Streaming Free  (rated PG-13)

 

13th- Netflix: In this thought provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the US prison boom. (rated TV-MA)

 

When They See Us- Netflix: The true story of 5 boys of color who, in the spring of 1989, are arrested, interrogated, and coerced into confessing to the brutal attack of a woman in Central Park. (rated TV-MA)