In years past, Promise Keepers has taken a stand for racial reconciliation and called men to unite as brothers. As our country now quakes under the pain of racism—unity, brotherhood, and commitment to changemaking are needed more than over.
Pastor Donald Burgs, Jr., member of the board of Promise Keepers said: “In these troubling times, we the Body of Christ must continue to walk with one another, allowing nothing to divert us from our call to Christ nor to break the holy chains of fellowship and unity with each other” (Micah 6:8).
Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers, said: “Promise #6 of a Promise Keeper is a solemn commitment to reach beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity. We need to demonstrate that power more than ever. Racism is a festering wound that has scarred the otherwise proud history of America. Christians must continue to lead the way in racial reconciliation and healing as we live out God’s call to treat all people as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3). I call on Promise Keepers everywhere to demand respect, justice, equal protection and equal opportunity under the law for everyone—and that includes police officers as well.”
The following are helpful voices from within the Promise Keepers community speaking on the topic of racial reconciliation. We hope you will listen and be encouraged.
We appreciated the words of Tony Dungy, which we shared this week:
America is in a very sad place today. We have seen a man die senselessly, at the hands of the very people who are supposed to be protecting our citizens. We have seen people protest this death by destroying property and dreams of people in their own community, the very people they are protesting for. We have many people pointing fingers of blame, painting the opposite side with a broad brush. We have anger and bitterness winning out over logic and reason. We have distrust and prejudice winning out over love and respect.
…Today we are a divided country. We’re divided racially, politically, and socio-economically. And Satan is laughing at us because that is exactly what he wants. Dysfunction, mistrust, and hatred help this kingdom flourish.
Well, what is the answer then? I believe it has to start with those of us who claim to be Christians. We have to come to the forefront and demonstrate the qualities of the One we claim to follow, Jesus Christ. We can’t be silent.