At the heart of the Christian message is that humanity is innately sinful and in desperate need of spiritual redemption.
Believers who think Christianity needs to be made cool are misguided.
Unlike most social justice activists, I happen to not subscribe to the idea of "race" as an aspect of human identity.
There is great emphasis being placed today by Christian social justice activists on remediating the adverse effects of historical and contemporary injustices, particularly as it relates to its generational impact on people of color in America.
Notwithstanding the myriad reasons professional athletes in America are protesting the national anthem, President Trump, law enforcement officers, the military, or other social, civil, or political issue, entity, or individual, there appears to be a certain degree of naivety connected with the stated goals and objectives of these demonstrations.
As I continue to scan the landscape of social justice-labeled activities that are said to be carried out "in the name of" Christ, I've noticed many Christian activists have a tendency to proffer to the world an image of Jesus that is tantamount to that of a sanctified social worker, a holy humanitarian, an exalted egalitarian.
Since the founding in 1773 of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia — the oldest black church in all of North America — the church has served as both the soul and heartbeat of social and political consciousness for black Christians in America.
There is a movement afoot, particularly within black evangelical circles, to extol, if not exalt, social justice as the raison d'etre, that is, the most important reason and purpose, of the church today.