NEW YORK — Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, called racism a sin problem that the Church is equipped to address and must confront in order for the Gospel to move forward.
At its worst, he said, while the Church played a crucial role in the abolition of slavery, as an institution, it was complicit in the maintenance of slavery at a time when it was preached as God's Word.
"Racism is sin. The denial of the image of God is sin. The denial of place is sin. The denial of essential personhood is sin. The denial of access and opportunity is sin. Nobody is better equipped to deal with this by way of just our nature than the Church. We're equipped to name sin, to call for repentance, and to bring about reconciliation," said Alexander. more >>
As Christians, the second greatest commandment we've been given is to "love thy neighbor." And while most believers adhere to that principle, for the most part, it is important to remember that most Christians in America tend to live within neighborhoods where their neighbors look alike — that is, there is not much racial diversity.
This doesn't mean that folks are racist; it is merely a geographic, historic and/or social reality.
Likewise, Christians who live in homogenous neighborhoods also go to homogenous neighborhood churches. Churches in Harlem are going to look like Harlem neighborhoods, just as churches in the suburbs will look like those neighborhoods. more >>
A National Review writer and attorney who briefly considered an independent presidential run has been ruthlessly targeted by the alt-right for his refusal to support Donald Trump for president.
David French of Columbia, Tennessee, detailed Friday in a National Review article titled "The Price I've Paid for Opposing Donald Trump" what alt-righties have done to him and his family over the past several months. Because he is a prominent public figure that is steadfastly #neverTrump, the hate and threats that have been heaped on this family have been nothing short of horrifying.
Because of the alt-right's sick obsession with racial preservation, what has really raised their ire about French is that he and his wife have an adopted daughter from Ethiopia. Among the many chilling things alt-righties sent him were photo-shopped images of "[his] daughter's face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her," and vile messages laced with racial epithets asserting that his wife had slept with black men while he was deployed in Iraq. more >>
Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was recently interviewed by television star Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul Sunday talk show program and described what he believes is the "root of racism" in America today.
Lentz, who proclaimed on Facebook in September that he and his megachurch won't be chanting "All Lives Matter" because "black lives apparently are worth less on our streets," talked with Winfrey for over 40 minutes about faith, religion and Christ.
But one of the last questions that the 62-year-old African-American megastar asked the 31-year-old pastor was what he thinks "the root of racism is." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — A white Presbyterian minister with a passion to mend societal divides says if racial healing is to happen in the Church, white Christians ought to pay attention to the seemingly small things, even phrases like "ethnic food."
The theme of this years' Catalyst conference in Atlanta was "uncommon fellowship," with various labs and sessions centered on how the Church can build bridges to distressed communities. One such speaker and panelist at CatalystATL was Pastor Scott Sauls who leads Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Christian Post sat down with Sauls at the Infinite Energy Arena, where the conference took place, to further explore how the Body of Christ can be true catalysts for racial reconciliation. more >>
With the attention given to this year's presidential election, it is evident the importance of Hispanic Americans on politics. But this is not the only arena in which people are looking to Hispanics to drive growth over the next 30 years. Corporations, brands and the entertainment industry are making bold moves to win over this audience, from hiring senior executives with a multicultural background to shifting advertising dollars from English to Spanish (or bilingual) and producing culturally relevant content.
As owner of a marketing firm and Hispanic who has been helping shape messages and position products to reach Latinos over the past decade, I understand the unique elements needed to connect with the Hispanic Community. Additionally, as a person of faith, I also recognize churches, ministries, and Christian businesses have yet to seize a clear vision to impact the first, second and third generation of Latinos that now call the United States of America home. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to engage this receptive and responsive audience.
In order to bridge the gap with this critical demographic, faith organizations must reframe their approach considering four important trends: more >>