As I watched the second week of racial discussions from The Summit Church in Durham, NC, God dealt with my heart about some issues. One of their black staff pastors spoke, followed by a panel of African-American church staff and members of the church. The overall experience challenged me that those of us who are white need to do a few things in this area.
- Read material about racial issues from people of another race or ethnicity. Dr. Tony Evans addresses some of these matters from a historical perspective. He is a highly respected pastor of color.
- Read historical material that makes you uncomfortable. We cannot undo history, but it can inform us.
- Spend time with people from other ethnic groups. Create intentional relationships and friendships.
- Hang out in places where you may be the only white person. Whether it is a barber shop or a convenience store, the experience will give you understanding and create unity.
- Truly listen to the voices of those from other ethnic groups. Listen to their stories of how they moved to the racist South. Don’t interject your thoughts! Empathize! The white opinion is not the right opinion, nor is the opinion of any other race wrong.
These are just a few areas in which I was challenged. It’s time to bridge the gap. Once again, go to summitrdu.com and listen/watch these discussions. There will be one more next Monday at 7 pm EST.