Jentezen Franklin on What the Church Can — and Does — Do to Lead on Racial Justice

American remains in anguish over the murder of George Floyd, and just days before we were talking about Ahmaud Arbery of my home State of Georgia. These are the most recent individuals on our mind; but the list goes on and on. These are only two among many other unjust and inhumane crimes that continue to have a disproportionate effect on African Americans and leave a wretched stain on the social fabric of our country. 

As the country is erupting in protest we must ask ourselves what it is that we must do to stem the plague of systematic racism in America.

We cannot control the actions of others and we can’t change the heart of man with a flip of a switch, but we can control how we as a church react and how we work to change the hearts of those around us. The church must continue to speak clearly, especially the majority-white church.

The good news is that a concerted voice is actually rising even if that voice is being drowned out by those exploiting the peaceful protests for other ends. Scores of pastors and faith leaders — left, right and center — have been the first to demand justice!

And there are plenty of reasons why.

The prophet Malachi writes, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2:10)

Read those questions, again: “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?”

We are of one body and one blood. We are all God’s children, and as Scripture tells us, “If one member of the body suffers, we all suffer.” That police officer in Minnesota didn’t just kill George Floyd; he killed my brother, and your brother. As we also read in Scripture, “We weep with those who weep; we mourn with those who mourn.”

Yes, it’s time for outrage. It’s also time to find a way forward.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jentezen Franklin