Biola professor Joe Hellerman sees three problems when an all lives matter slogan or variation on that theme is used to counter a black lives matter statement. One problem is that social context means something.
Living in intimate relationships with people of color or at the very least speaking with people of different opinions is a must for Christians to work through racial issues says Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, the Assistant Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership (CDEL) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Sistrunk Robinson also explains three things to help white evangelicals know where some black people are coming from when they say black lives matter.
Pastor David Williams attempts to breakdown the difference between BLM's hashtag, movement, and network while trying to get at the truth. Although this is centered around InterVarsity's position in 2016, much of the article is relevant today. Lots of excellent links included in the article to dig deeper as well.
Using the story of boxer Mohammed Ali leaving his Christian faith because the church he attended would not stand up for him in the face of discrimination actor Gauis Charles wonders if the Christian church is in a similar moment. The church in the past has been complicit with slavery and many churches have not engaged in anti-racism teaching. Will the failure of the church to lead on issues of race result in people walking away?
Christians may disagree on whether police reform is needed or if it is needed to what extent. Regardless of that debate writer Charles Holmes Jr. says that Christians need to lead by example and get involved in law enforcement "to exemplify what love and true service in minority and poor communities looks like."
Taking a nuanced view leads to tension and oftentimes that tension is where we Christians need to be. Author Randy Alcorn says that, "just as bad cops deserve to be condemned and prosecuted, good cops deserve to be praised and commended." We couldn't agree more.
A clearly written article from a Catholic point of view that points out that the dehumanization and harm done to people made in the image of God should be of more concern to Christians than the destructions of Holy relics or property that is replaceable.
Empathy is the key to healing America. It needs to be learned as it provides the path to loving our neighbor and the solution to real-world problems.
Five practical tips - from not trusting the exit polls to being patient to which demographics to focus on - to separate the facts from the hype during election day.
A well thought out article on how the church is split between visions of the kingdom of Heaven. Whichever vision you agree with it is your duty to "reach out to those who disagree with you and demonstrate the love of Christ."