The recent police shootings of African-American men appear senseless and unwarranted to many people. Communities across the nation are angry, hurt, fearful, perplexed, troubled, and a host of other emotions. We wonder why a disproportionate number of African-Americans continue to be killed by officers. We wonder if America will ever be a place where ALL people are viewed as equal and are endowed with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The lyrics of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On seem more relevant now than they were when the song was released more than 45 years ago. Many cry out to God asking, “How long, O Lord!” What are the people of God to do?
While there is not one solution to this complex and seemingly systemic problem, there is something that I believe we must do. Over time, doing this one thing will change the course and the culture. We must move beyond enraged to being engaged. I want to suggest four areas of engagement for Christians.
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