Donald Trump signals the death of the Christian Right, the newspapers report. But the "Religious Right is dead" headline is not new. Is this time any different?
Trump Meeting Marks the End?
Donald Trump's meeting with evangelical leaders marked the end of the Christian Right, Michael Farris wrote in a June 21 Christian Post op-ed. Farris, chancellor of Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, helped start the Christian Right movement in the early 1980's. more >>
As our nation is being ripped apart by racial strife and as bloodshed is filling the land, it is time for the Church to lead the way in reconciliation, healing, and justice.
Here are 10 reasons why we, as followers of Jesus, must set the example for America.
1. We are called to be salt and light. more >>
Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego's The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on "a spiritual level."
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he "wanted to kill while people," specifically white police officers. more >>
Simply because an individual is white doesn't mean they don't have compassion or understanding for issues affecting black people, according to "The View" co-host Candace Cameron Bure.
That's the message actress and TV personality Candace Cameron Bure made clear this week on "The View" after panelist Sunny Hostin asserted that because Bure's two sons, Lev, 16, and Maksim, 14, are white, Bure didn't have to worry about their safety when it came to their treatment by police.
The "Fuller House" star stressed that while she hasn't had to talk to her sons about potential dangers should they have an encounter with police, she still cares deeply about possible police brutality against minorities and wants to help bring about a resolution. more >>
Last week was a down week for our country. How we choose to process the turn of events will determine the future of our nation. I hope that we will resolve to listen and try to understand.
We cannot build community arguing. Each of us must share our stories with those who don't understand why we feel the way we feel.
Last Saturday morning, like many others I sat in the middle of the floor in my home office and wept, profusely. I cried about all of the recent tragic events; but not merely for those situations alone. I cried because all of the violence feels race related (the civilians as well as the police officers). I cried because there remains too much silence on these matters that have shaped a large part of the American narrative for centuries. more >>
Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, called out church leaders for their absence from the Black Lives Matter movement Monday, charging that it's the first civil rights movement in America that isn't being led by the Church.
"We cannot diminish or presume that this is a colorblind society. It is not," said Bryant. "Race is a real issue that has to be dealt with and discussed as we move forward. But the thing that I really relish in this dialogue is historians long after us will footnote that this [Black Lives Matter] is the very first movement of civil rights in America not led by the Church.
"It's the very first time that clergy are not on the frontlines. And the absence of spiritual mobilization is evident in how it is that we move, how it is that we perceive," he added. "I want to speak to clergy, black and white, if you want to heal America and change a generation, take your robe off and go hit the street corner and do something that is gonna change where it is that we are going." more >>