Event video: How can Christians lead the conversation and participate in racial reconciliation?November 1, 2017
At our event at The Storytellers Museum, I talked with my friend Justin Giboney from the AND Campaign about what it is going to take for Christians to lead the conversation on racial reconciliation. This is one of the hardest and most important conversations we can have.
“I think Christians have to lead way, I don’t think change is going to come any other way. But at the same time have to deal with some of our internal issues before we can heal the world. There is very clearly – and I’m not going to surprise anybody by saying this- a racial and socio-political divide within the church. And it’s a divide that when I read the gospel and I read through Scripture, that I don’t see any justification for, or any way that we should feel comfortable with that divide. We have to find a way to come together and get past that divide before we can really speak tot he world in any credible way. And I think the number one obstacle to getting there is humility.”
“Humility opens up the door for compassion.”
“One of the biggest things from my perspective is making sure we don’t automatically get defensive, automatically try to protect ourselves. Because when I read through the gospel, it’s not all about protecting myself from something, it’s not all about defending myself. We have to open up and have humility.”
“Racial reconciliation, which we hear a lot, is a process. A lot of times we try to skip from not really communicating, not really talking, to ‘let’s reconcile.’ But it’s a longer process than that.”
Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Co-Founder and President of the AND Campaign, which is a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure.
We also spoke with Joseph Williams about what it looks like for Christians to be involved in politics while having a distinctive witness. Watch here.