GAINESVILLE, Georgia — It's time to rip off the band-aid and expose the ugliness of racism so that God can bring healing to America, an Atlanta megachurch pastor said Sunday as he was joined by other Christian leaders hoping to tackle violence and the racial divide.
Free Chapel Lead Pastor Jentezen Franklin spoke before thousands of parishioners at the "Celebration of Unity Service," lamenting that the divisions in his own churches which manifested during the election year were very painful for him to see. But he was also "tired of putting band-aids on it" and "tired of ignoring it and pretending that it's not there."
"As long as we stay polarized in our little camps, we only hang out with people who think like us, look like us, act like us, share the same political views as us. Guess what? We're never going to find the real thing ... only God can fix it, Church," he said.