Racial Issues

Prayer for the George Floyd Aftermath

Lord, sometimes an injustice is so grievous that even the inattentive pay attention. Our nation is reeling at the merciless death of George Floyd. If that were not enough, it is tragic that so many have dishonored this man’s death by their rioting and looting, thus providing ammunition for the enemies of racial equality. More people have died or been injured because of such abuses, multiplying further injustices to business owners, by-standers, or peaceful protestors. Fighting injustice with further and greater injustice displaces addressing the real issue.

Father, we know we have a problem. Practical solutions, however, seem elusive. Your Word tells us that man sees the outward appearance, but You look at the heart. We ask Your help to change attitudes and hearts, and help us value the dignity of all people.

We have nearly 700,000 police officers in our nation, and it only takes a few to tarnish the image of the overwhelming majority who truly seek to protect and serve. Help us weed out the few who are prone to nurture racial hatred or are mentally unstable, and encourage the very many who expend themselves on our behalf.

We know these social eruptions evidence a greater build-up below the surface. We look to You for guidance, protection, and changed hearts. Help us remember that we are all human beings, and we pray, O Lord, that more and more of us would embrace the Golden Rule Your Son taught us, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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Southern Baptist leaders issue joint statement on the death of George Floyd

"While we thank God for our law enforcement officers that bravely risk their lives for the sake of others and uphold justice with dignity and integrity, we also lament when some law enforcement officers misuse their authority and bring unnecessary harm on the people they are called to protect." - BPNews

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“I am working with my colleagues at the National Association of Scholars on what we call the ‘1620 Project’”

"The reader who wishes to wade in deeper to these waters will get an assist from Philip Magness’s bibliography on 'The 1619 Project Debate,' at least as it stood on January 3. Still more assistance can be found on John Fea’s website, 'The Way of Improvement Leads Home,' which has been tracking 'The 1619 Project: Debate Continues.'" - ITakeout 

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“The New York Times is introducing revisionist history about race in America into classrooms across the nation without the normal peer review expected of educational materials”

"The [1619] project, a collaboration between the New York Times Magazine and the Pulitzer organization, has mushroomed into a movement to re-educate Americans with novel claims about how deeply racism is embedded at America’s core. As of February 2020, five public school systems had adopted the 1619 Project’s curriculum district-wide. Its free teaching materials had reached 3,500 classrooms." - W. Examiner

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SBC observes ‘Racial Reconciliation Sunday’ with goal of making churches more diverse

"The Southern Baptist Convention will be observing its annual 'Racial Reconciliation Sunday' on Feb. 9, with this year’s emphasis being on the cultivation of multiethnic churches." - Christian Post

Related: Heated CRT/I Debate Overshadowing SBC’s Reconciliation Sunday

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The Perpetual Problem of Race

There’s no question that racial issues are one of the biggest problems facing American society today. Instead of making progress, we seem to be moving backwards. Some contend that racial barriers are bigger today than ever before. I question that assessment, but judging from the volume of strident voices around us, I think that the degree of tension and discontent arising from racial matters is perhaps greater than at any time in American history. There are many attempts to explain why this may be so, but one thing is clear, namely that we have a racial problem, and the solution appears more elusive as time goes one. So, what’s the problem, and what’s the solution?

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