THE RACE CONVERSATION: A Preacher’s Perspective

As a preacher of the gospel who happens to be a father, a husband and a friend. I also happen to be by American standards a black man. Although I am a Latino, in America if you happen to be 1/32 black genetically, you are black. In America race and class still divides us.

There was a time in the history of America when Italians, Jews, and the Irish were not considered white. A lot has since changed. What is the purpose and value of history? What can we cull from history that helps to make us better. We have history because change is constant. It is said that those of us who forget or do not know their history, are destined to repeat it.

America is at a crossroads at this moment. Things only quiet down temporarily because the media is no longer interested in stale events. Big news only have a short media shelf life.

In the early months of 1994 at a theater turned church called Times Square Church in New York City, the late David Wilkerson, pastor at that time, and author of the Cross and the Switchblade, prophesied that there will come a time in America when we will have race wars. I was there when he said that and I believe we are living in that moment now.

Many white preachers are silent on the issue of race because it is not considered a part of the mainstream gospel message. Neither are they comfortable with it if their congregation is predominantly white. God will hold them accountable. It will not go away until we tell people that you cannot be a Christian believer and hate another human being because he is of a different race. There is no superior race and an inferior one.

Acts 17:24 -28 The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.Amplified bible © Lockman Foundation

That silence is fraught with fear and apathy.

Mark Hernandez
New Agape Ministries

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