Brandt Jean’s embrace of his brother’s killer triggered a national conversation about forgiveness. But another conversation needs to be had in America and its churches.
I acknowledge the bravery and faith that it must have required to say before the entire world, “I forgive.” But “I forgive you” is not the only cry we must hear.
“We need to hear you say clearly in the pulpit and in the streets that white supremacy and racism is wrong,” a black pastor told a group of white colleagues following the police shooting of an unarmed, African-American man. “And no more generalizations. It has to be specific.”
A Cooperative Baptist Fellowship pastor in Dallas criticized white churches for not speaking up alongside blacks demanding justice in the killing of an African-American man in his own apartment by a white police officer. On Sunday George Mason, senior pastor…