The day after a jury in Sanford, FL found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 12, 2012 USA Today’s front page story headline asked, “After verdict, can racial rift be healed?” So, let’s ask the question again. After the verdict, can America’s racial rift(s) be healed?
As I look at society, it is hard not to conclude that racism is ultimately a spiritual problem. Consequently, systemic racial inequities in society cannot be righted until they are first righted in the American church. Think about it. The credibility of the American Church is virtually non-existent in the eyes of society when it comes to addressing racial rifts, systemic inequities, or cultural divides deeply affecting the United States today.
Our absence from the discussion, however, cannot be blamed on the Media. Our lack of credibility and collective irrelevance is the result of our own faults and failures when it comes to building cross-cultural relationships, pursuing cross-cultural competence, and promoting a spirit of inclusion within the local church.
Please read Luke 10:25-37.
Questions to reflect: