American remains in anguish over the murder of George Floyd, and just days before we were talking about Ahmaud Arbery of my home State of Georgia. These are the most recent individuals on our mind; but the list goes on and on. These are only two among many other unjust and inhumane crimes that continue to have a disproportionate effect on African Americans and leave a wretched stain on the social fabric of our country.
We cannot control the actions of others and we can’t change the heart of man with a flip of a switch, but we can control how we as a church react and how we work to change the hearts of those around us. The church must continue to speak clearly, especially the majority-white church. As the country is erupting in protest we must ask ourselves what it is that we must do to stem the plague of systematic racism in America.
The good news is that a concerted voice is actually rising even if that voice is being drowned out by those exploiting the peaceful protests for other ends. Scores of pastors and faith leaders — left, right and center — have been the first to demand justice!
And there are plenty of reasons why.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program Kingdom Connection is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written ten books including his most recent Acres of Diamonds, along with Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt, Fasting, and Right People-Right Place-Right Plan .