Amongst the many difficult parts of 2020 that the world went through, the United States had an ongoing concern of racism that started with sparks of African Americans and the police. It led to protests and national discussion on racism in the 21st century. With all of the discord and conversations, Barna Group made their 2019 Where Do We Go From Here? eBook free for a period of time.
The research in the book, in collaboration with The Reimagine Group, looks at how views diverge by race, age, political ideology and denomination. I think the book can be summed up with this quote:
Too often, some members of the Church have been passive or even been perpetrators in this struggle. We need to realize that the story won’t change until we are reshaped by sacrificial love… Though 28 percent say there is nothing the American Church needs to do, another one in four simply doesn’t know what should be done. To me, this defines a leadership opportunity for the Church: About three quarters of practicing Christians are open to solutions, spiritual and otherwise!Where Do We Go from Here? p. 5
Unfortunately, the Church is divided in what needs to be done and by whom as seen by the statistics below.
I think the answer to what needs done and by whom may be different for every church culture within the bigger community culture, but each and every church can start by having a conversation. In the comments below, share what you have seen done, whether done well or not. And if you want to see some current conversations of racism within the medical field, watch Dr. Mike’s video below that is honest, raw, and still searching for more ways to move the medical field forward.