Many Americans seem to be splintering into opposing factions when it comes to race: Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. In response, Christian rapper Lecrae, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Atlanta-based non-profit Plywood, recently engaged in a candid conversation that focused on race, non-violence, and love over hate.
Racial tension has been at an all-time high with the recent police shooting deaths of African Americans by white officers and the subsequent killings of white police officers by African Americans. Lecrae pointed out today's perceived civil rights injustices and the desire for immediate retribution, which often leads to more violence.
The family of Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Arab Christian man shot dead in front of his home in Oklahoma earlier this month by his white neighbor, said he saved the lives of two or three other people as he lay dying from several gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
The shooter, 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, was reportedly motivated by racial and religious animus when he shot and killed Jabara on Aug. 12.
Khalid's mother, Haifa Jabara, who Majors is currently on trial for running down with a car last year, told Tulsa World in a report on Monday that her son called her as he was being attacked and warned her to stay away from the house. more >>
Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson is praising the father of slain 23-year-old African-American Sylville Smith for accepting some of the blame for his son being shot and killed by a Milwaukee Police officer last weekend.
After the killing of Smith at the hands of Milwaukee police officer, which set off violent protests in the city that led to a number of buildings being burned down, the 35-year-old Baltimore Ravens tight end took to his Facebook page to assert that America must not overlook the importance of fatherhood when looking to solve the nation's racial issues.
In his new book "The End of White Christian America," billed "quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year," Robert P. Jones, founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, says white Christian America is dead and the general election in November could be a referendum on it.
"I begin the book with an obituary for White Christian America, and I conclude the book with a eulogy. This construction is consistent with the book's stark title. My argument in the book is that we have already experienced the passing of White Christian America," Jones told The Washington Post in an interview with John Sides, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University who specializes in public opinion, voting, and American elections.
"While this claim is grounded in demographic changes, it is also supported by the fading power of major institutions, such as the National Council of Churches or the Christian Coalition of America. There are no indicators that the country will see the likes of White Christian America as a dominant cultural force again," he said. more >>
In an interview with The Christian Post, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza responded to criticisms about his recently released documentary and accompanying book titled Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, and talked about his reluctant support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In it, D'Souza lays out a case against voting for Hillary Clinton, connecting her to a history of corruption and bigotry within the Democratic Party.
"From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth," noted Regnery Publishing. more >>
In a season of heightened racial tensions, Christians across our nation are grieving violence and death across many communities. Church leaders are re-examining their role in bringing peace, hope and justice to their communities.
The peace and love of Christ is surely the antidote for the evil that turns God's human creation against one another on the basis of race, income or zip code. So where can we begin to build bridges rather than walls? Let's start with the children.
Across the United States, public schools stand at the center of our communities, bringing students of all races together to learn. At times even more than our churches, schools unite brown, black and white families for a common cause. If we want to serve our neighbors, hear their stories and show them love, then local schools could very well serve as ground zero for faith in action. more >>