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It has been 244 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In 1776 these words gave hope to slaves and free men alike: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness.”
It took 89 years, and civil war before slavery was finally ended with the signing of the 13th amendment to the constitution on January 31, 1865. “Black Lives Matter” is a movement expressing the fear and frustration Black citizens of this country continue to experience since the days of slavery. The time is now for a courageous Biblical response from white Christians to listen, learn, and act to change our culture.
These are additional resources on the topic: June 7, 2020 Interview with Pastor Skip Heitzig, Calvary Church, Albuquerque, and Pastor Tony Clark, Calvary Newport News, Virginia. Tony said,” “I keep telling folks, they keep talking about skin when its really about sin.” Click here for The Church and Racism.
Miles McPherson Pastor of Rock Church in San Diego
The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, offers guidance on this issue, by identifying the cultural influences that shape our attitudes on race, and explaining why we must honor the priceless value of God’s image in all people.