Responding to Racial Injustice
During this time in our country where there is so much unrest, division and cries for justice, we as the Church condemn the systemic oppression of our African American brothers and sisters that has been going on for centuries. Regardless of our ethnicity, these brothers and sisters are still part of the greater family that we are called to love and to draw close to as God does for all the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
You might be asking yourself, “How am I to process all that I’m hearing and seeing in the news?” and “How can I position myself to bring reconciliation to the people He brings before me?” These are important questions to keep before us as we live out our identity as the children of light in these turbulent times and terrible darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
To help our church through this, we are taking a break from our current series on “Hope Has a Name” this Sunday to have Kyle Brown share his insights and experiences and how the Gospel hope informs his outlook and actions. Kyle is a member of the AABC family and has shared his testimony with us before.
We have another resource to share with you as well. Threaded is an organization that we have partnered with for several years and whose goal is to inspire relationships, reconciliation and collaborative action between the diverse Body of Christ. For 21 days (June 1–21), Threaded will help you take your next step in the Christian fight against racial prejudice and division. In this period, we're going to:
- Call to prayer and lament at 8:00 AM (call in to 214.301.0536)
- For 21 days, we are going to take a short moment to humble ourselves as we lament all the racial injustice that has occurred in our land and pray for God to bring restoration and healing.
- Seek God’s Word together through video devotionals (on facebook.com/wearethreaded)
- Amid all the racial unrest in our land, it may be hard to see how the Gospel can help. For 21 days, pastors who are passionate about racial unity and justice will share from the Scriptures ways to understand what is happening and how the Church can confidently engage.
- Talk with each other through Colored Commentary Unplugged (on facebook.com/wearethreaded)
- Are you curious about how to understand the racial unrest in our country? Do you want to know what you can do or how to respond? For 21 days, join Markus Lloyd and Antwuan Malone weekdays at 12:30 PM for the Facebook Live show Colored Commentary Unplugged. During the show, the hosts will talk about the events of the day and answer your questions.
Do not give up hope! With Jesus as our Bread of Life, the Light of the World and the Door of the sheep, we will ultimately “not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).