I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are each important values that should be promoted and upheld in all aspects of life, but especially in our churches and communities. As individuals, I am convinced that we can all play a role in advocating for these values and want to share some ways that you can do this right where you are.
Not only did the war on drugs disproportionately affect the African American community, it also turned out to be a rather ineffective approach to combating drug use. Despite stricter laws and increased incarceration rates down through the years, drug use has not decreased in the United States.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of a church that has no problem with learning to do good, seeking justice, fighting for the oppressed, defending the defenseless and protecting those who can’t protect themselves as stated in Isaiah 1:17.
As a Pastor & also someone who is doing all that I can to bring people together around these divisive topics, my fear is that we are well on our way down the slippery slope of repeating some of our nation’s dark history.
The question I want to dive into for this week is a very serious question as it has become a VERY hot topic that is driving everything from the creation of laws to the running platforms of political parties. That question is simply “What does defund the police really mean?”
I came to the conclusion that over the course of my life, a large number of the decisions I had been making were actually being made for the benefit and even the comfort of other people. Basically, there was no part of my life that had been untouched by this reality. So, I decided to stop getting better and to BE GOODER!
I’m sure I’m going to end up in some trouble here, but I want to try to clear up some confusion on a couple of terms that seem to have people a little mixed up. Term #1 is Socialism and term #2 is going to be Social Justice. I need you to understand that these two terms represent two very different things.
I am so tired of coming across church people who want to argue that churches should have nothing to do with the fight for social justice for which so many of us, myself included, are doing everything we can to bring attention to.