One man helped lead the United States of America into a new era of race relations, spearheading the massive grassroots call for racial equality.
On Monday, Americans will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The federal holiday includes a day off school and a call to contemplation on the state of race in America.
Below are five facts about the holiday, the ways that people celebrate it, and how in at least one state, Dr. King with grouped with peers not often associated with the civil rights leader. more >>
When Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Washington, D.C., first called up Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of America's favorite and most influential preachers and asked him to be a part of a summit to heal America's racial divide, one of the first emotions Jakes felt was fear.
The senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, and New York Times best-selling author says he was afraid because his faith in people at that particular moment on matters of race had grown fragile. America was tense. Protests over controversial police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, were sweeping the country. Jakes just didn't know. What if everything just went wrong?
"My faith in people was so fragile that when Bishop Jackson called me I said, 'Man, I'm scared. If this doesn't go right, I just don't know,'" he confessed during an evening service at his church hours after a diverse coalition of influential pastors and Christian faith leaders had met for the summit called "Healing the Racial Divide" on Thursday night — the birthday of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more >>
A diverse coalition of prominent pastors and Christian faith leaders including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Harry Jackson, Samuel Rodriguez and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King, are expected to meet at a summit in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday to discuss ways to promote practical steps toward racial reconciliation in America.
At the summit, according to a release from the organizers, the faith leaders are expected to focus on seven "Bridges to Peace" community initiatives namely: reconciliation and prayer forums; education policy reform; community engagement forums; community service and compassion outreaches; personal, marriage and family development; engagement with the criminal justice system; and economic development strategies.
Organizers of the event, which is being hosted by Jackson, chairman of High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, are also requesting that President Barack Obama specifically address educational reforms, urban economic development policies, and criminal justice reforms that have the potential to alleviate the racial divide during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. more >>
Apparently, The New York Times is in favor of faith in the public square -- if the purpose is to mock it. Editors at the Times poured gasoline on the fire of Atlanta's latest controversy with an editorial that should shock even their most liberal readers. Just when you thought the media couldn't sink any lower, the Times takes on the same First Amendment that gives it the freedom to print these vicious attacks on Christians.
In a stunning column yesterday, the newspaper argues that men and women of faith have no place in public management of any kind. The piece, which shows a remarkable disinterest in the facts, claims that Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran didn't have permission to publish his book on biblical morality. Not only did Cochran have permission from the city's ethics office to publish his book, but he only distributed it in his personal capacity at church -- where a handful of his coworkers attend.
But the shoddy journalism didn't end there. Editors insisted that Cochran's book was full of "virulent anti-gay views" -- when in fact, the 162 page book only mentioned homosexuality twice. And both times, the conversation merely echoed the Bible's teachings on the subject. For that -- privately espousing a faith that a majority of Americans share -- Kelvin was fired. more >>
Racial distinctions should not be rejected, but embraced. After all, God created the races with their distinctive backgrounds and cultures for a reason — so argues one Texas megachurch pastor who has spoken out for years about bridging race-related divisions.
Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, told The Christian Post in a recent interview that any talk of racial reconciliation should begin with "God's view of race."
"God created the races. He created different backgrounds and cultures. But He created them all to operate under His authority," Evans said. more >>
The pattern is now completely predictable: Gay activists and their allies overplay their hand, and the liberal media says, "Well done! We fully support your intolerance."
Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran, the city's fire chief with 30 years of service behind him. As the mayor's statements made abundantly clear – and as we documented in the article, The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom – Cochran was fired because of his biblical beliefs that homosexual practice was abhorrent in God's sight. (Cochran also spoke against fornication, with specific reference to heterosexual promiscuity, along with bestiality, pedophilia, and other sexual sins.)
The mayor's actions were so egregious (in keeping with the pattern of intolerance in the name of tolerance) that Christian leaders, both national and local, gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday to protest Cochran's dismissal. more >>