Choosing to hate people simply based upon the color of their skin is despicable! Likewise, presuming that all whites are inherently racist based strictly upon the color of their skin is appalling.
"How is it that Asians can succeed in America and we can't?" That was the question some of my friends and I asked ourselves as teenagers. Growing up in Los Angeles, Asian owned businesses were plentiful throughout the 'hood'. Equally common was the animus blacks felt towards them. Rappers and "racepreneurs" like Jesse Jackson contributed to the disdain we felt for foreigners establishing their businesses on our turf. The perception was that the American dream was obtainable for other ethnic groups, just not for blacks.
To our detriment, we didn't realize it was our own racism that prevented us from understanding that Asians were simply capitalizing on the opportunities available for all Americans within our borders. Unfortunately, many blacks today have hindered their own progress by blaming "the man" for their socioeconomic status rather than themselves. more >>
As we enter this new year, I offer some prayerful reflections on trends that we could see developing in the months ahead, not as a prophet but as an observer seeking to follow in the footsteps of the ancient sons of Issachar, who "understood the meaning of the times to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron 12:32; my translation of the Hebrew).
While it is possible that I am simply projecting what I am seeing in my own work and ministry, I am hopeful that these represent larger trends in the nation in general and the believing Church in particular. Time, of course, will tell.
1) The gay revolution will continue to overplay its hand. As those who were once bullied now bully others, this will produce an increasing backlash, as seen with the "Houston Five" last year. And as gay activists win more and more battles in the courts and the society, that will actually work against them, as their goals will continue to become more and more extreme. (I address this at length in a book scheduled for publication later this year.) more >>
LOS ANGELES – Organizers of a three-day conference plan to host leading pastors, ministry and community leaders, including Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York, as they discuss what it means to embrace Los Angeles and help meet its needs.
Keller, seen in a video on the "Together LA" website, says, "We're bringing Christian leaders together from all over Los Angeles to ask and answer one question: What does it mean to love your city?"
The event, scheduled for February 26-28, will include ministry practitioners presenting interactive sessions that "engage the realities of loving our city," organizers announced on Friday. Workshops and panel discussions will cover topics such as mercy ministry, systemic injustice, ethnic and class conflict, faith and work, social and culture changes and challenges, church health and church collaborations. more >>
Benjamin Watson has revealed his prayer for the new year, after a year filled with social unrest in the United States.
Watson, the 34-year-old New Orleans Saints' tight end, received national attention when his take on the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer Darren Wilson went viral last year. In an essay posted to Facebook, Watson did not take only one side in the scenario that has caused national protesting.
Instead, he made it clear how the Gospel can help people on both sides of the debate of race relations in the country. Watson more recently decided to ring in the new year by sharing a prayer on Facebook. more >>
As the new year is already upon us, The Christian Post would like to offer a brief look back at the major issues and events of 2014.
Pastors in Houston were almost forced to hand over all their sermons that touched on the topic of homosexuality, a major U.S. megachurch became nonexistent, Christians around the world saw a rise in attacks especially with the rise of terrorist group ISIS, and fear spread around the world as the Ebola virus spread rapidly in West Africa. Below is the full top ten list.
1. Liberal Intolerance: 'Duck Dynasty,' Mozilla, Benham Brothers and Houston Mayor Subpoena Scandal more >>
Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.
10. The New Russian Aggression
Russian President Vladimir Putin revived memories of the old Soviet Union in 2014 as he led Russia to expand its territorial holdings. First he invaded the Crimean peninsula, a part of the Ukraine with a large Russian population and declared it part of Russia after a rigged referendum. Later, he led a full-scale invasion of the rest of Ukraine. more >>