In the September 2016 issue of CT our denomination was named among three evangelical groups that made major strides toward racial reconciliation this summer in the article, "Racism Rejected". The article noted that “The Presbyterian Church in America voted to apologize for past racism—even before the denomination was formed in 1973” (p. 17). For the complete PCA statement & apology, see here.
The fact that a serious denominational effort toward reconciliation has not gone unnoticed by the broader Christian community is good. I hope that it would encourage and embolden others, and those in the PCA to continue doing real groundwork toward the reconciliation of the races in America, and people in the whole world through Christ, in Christ, and for Christ (2 Cor 5).
How can we do this?
The road toward true and complete reconciliation is long, and will not be complete until God remakes our broken world (Rev. 21). Yet, the Gospel compels us to do battle with our racial complacency in the Church for as long as it is still true, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed half a century ago, that 11:00 on Sunday morning is "the most segregated hour in this nation." Our denomination's overture is nothing more nor less than an urgent echo of King's next thought: "This is tragic."
Please join us in thinking, praying, and acting on the conviction that the present state of affairs both nationally and in our local context is unacceptable.
Some actionable ideas:
- Invite others to Celebrate! Our 10/2 Community Celebration is a great opportunity to invite folks to SDPC for free food, games, bounce houses, song, & a gospel message. Pray about who you might invite, and go here for more information (which will be updated periodically).
- Think Turkeys: This Thanksgiving, in lieu of a Thanksgiving Eve service, we are trying to arrange to bring dinner to low-income families.
- Read about Pastor Marc Champagne here, a friend in our presbytery who has made racial reconciliation one of the primary goals of his ministry. Consider how we might emulate his ministry, and/or partner with him.