Article Series on Race, Truth and Justice
Blogs: Parts 1 – 2 – 3
When I first moved to Atlanta in 1988, I had never seen a cotton plantation, much less, a field ripe with cotton. While a common site for many across the Southern states, it’s amazing how many stories we miss or misinterpret as we travel along life’s highways. I have several times over the years, even … Continue reading III. Stronger-Together: Unity and a Field of Dreams
The first blog in this mini-series, “Just-us or Justice? Truth Matters,” we talked about the problems and shed some light on some of the issues surrounding the agendas actually driving the current social unrest in the United States. Together, we’re learning that the violence and the “protests” are rooted in an agenda that is exploiting … Continue reading II. In Truth There is Freedom: Justice Follows
In February 2012 George Zimmerman, a Hispanic male, born in 1983 confronted a suspicious person wearing a hoodie walking down a street at night. Zimmerman, a neighborhood appointed block watch captain was on patrol in response to a rash of recent burglaries. A confrontation took place and Zimmerman was injured. He shot the person in … Continue reading I. Just-us or Justice? Truth Matters.
My story began many years ago when I was just a young man – in Middle School. I remember being hit in the back of the head on two separate incidents. Busing… Who’s idiot idea was that? But, those incidents while racially motivated never caused me to connect the dots to hate – especially to hate another person for the color of their skin. It wouldn’t be until after college when the wave of hate that had swept the U.S. South would roll over me too. I didn’t see it coming. But, God did! Just as He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, God walked with me through the painful assaults, rejections, missed jobs and promotions, slurs and threats. It would take a while for me to understand that the fight for white and black supremacy was really the same dynamic of sin. I guess maybe you’d have to experience it to understand, especially misinformed white folks wanting to engage on a subject they know little to nothing about. The actions of some, especially white Christians are just literally embarrassing. However, the efforts of some others are heroic – both black and white people.
These blogs and articles, as well as the books to follow are for those folks first. Tools. That’s all I hope to provide. Justice tools designed to help church and civic leaders find their way to freedom in their own unique and precious communities.
White people do have a voice in today’s unfolding drama between the races. The problem is not a problem of race, but of cultures and of the human heart and condition. We can win this critical fight – even win it in our time. But to do that, we will have to work together. We are StrongTogether!
God Did Not Give Us a Spirit of Fear
Several leaders lately have said to me that BLM “will come after you if you challenge them.” Thing is, my intent is not to challenge anyone. Speaking the truth in love is what we are commanded to do. Jesus did it. He told us to do the same.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind2 Timothy 7, Bible, NKJV
Anyone who knows me knows that I have never stood for or tolerated racial bias. I have also fought for the freedom of all people – including the precious lives of my black brothers. These blogs / articles are written for that purpose. They are for the local church and her leaders. They are for the shepherds of God’s flocks and are written to encourage and inspire the local church to take its rightful place in our culture and to teach our communities how to live, love and to build unity among all people. Truth matters.