J. D. Greear on Why We Fail to Progress Past Ferguson

Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church. This week J. D. reflected on why we — the evangelical church — fail to progress past the recent discussions on race. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Both “sides” must be swifter to hear than to speak, and both sides must think of the “interests of another community as more important than their own.” Practically, that means gospel-centered white leaders will talk as much about the injustice and problems of white privilege, and the hurt and frustration it has caused in the black community as they do the problems with how the protestors have behaved. That also means that gospel-centered black leaders will talk as much about the need to protect the innocent and to extend to all the full benefits of the justice system to all as they do their anger (though justified) about past injustices.

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J. D. Greear and Chris Green on Ferguson

Recently, J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church, discussed the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the wounds it revealed with Chris Green, an African-American and also pastor at the Summit Church. We think their thoughts will bring tremendous insight for evangelicals, white and black, struggling to apply the grace of Christ to all of life.

Here’s an excerpt:

Chris: I understand that the American justice system is not perfect. In fact, I fully acknowledge that African Americans have been adversely impacted (often failed) by the American judicial system.  Nevertheless, it is our governing authority on the creation, interpretation, application, and evaluation of law. Thus, we must allow due process. An “unjust” judicial system is not a new phenomenon. In fact, our brothers and sisters in the early church commonly dealt with unjust judicial systems. Jesus was persecuted under one, as were most of his disciples.

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