Racial Violence Discussion
Since its inception, our nation has struggled with injustice, inequality, and racism. Often this struggle has resulted in violence. In recent years, we have witnessed examples of this violence in different forms: mass shootings that target ethnic minorities, police brutality against people of color, vicious assaults on Asian Americans, and the counter-violence of looting and attacks against police.
How should we, as followers of Jesus, respond to this violence? It is tempting to look the other way and pretend nothing is wrong. Another temptation is to pick a side in the cultural/political schism that divides our nation and join our team in hurling insults at those on the other side. Neither of these options honors Christ. He calls us to something more – to speaking his truth in love to a world that may not want to hear it, while modeling the radical unity that the Spirit gives to those who belong to Christ.
On Monday, May 17 at 7:00PM, ACC will host an on-line panel discussion on racial violence. Our Ministry Coordinator Andrea Mungo will moderate the discussion. Panelists will be ACC members Kam Wong, Clifton Means, and myself. After a brief discussion of the topic and a time of Q&A, we will invite participants in the event to join us in a time of prayer for our church, our city, and our nation. We do not pretend that, during this discussion, we will find the answers to the problem of racial violence in our nation. But we do plan to listen to each other well, and to take this problem, in prayer, to the One who does have the answers.
We hope you will join us on May 17. To register to participate in the discussion, click here.