The Rev. Tony Evans, the first black graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, commented that all humans are created in God’s image, so it’s essential to address the issues, institutions, and injustices that impact others, such as the unborn and black people who are killed by police in higher percentages. Evans noted that everyone created in God’s image should be concerned if there are inequities facing one particular group.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Pastors can help bridge the racial divide in America by listening to the stories of black Americans suffering discrimination and injustice and advocating for an emphasis on the image of God in all people.
- Racism Is Real: Evans notes that injustice and racism are big problems we need to address, but many white Americans never see this at work in their day to day lives.
- “Only” Black Lives Matter? In his comments, Evans writes that all people are created in God’s image, but black people have had that dignity stripped from them far too often, resulting in movements such as Black Lives Matter.
- What Comes First? Evans writes that being a “black Christian” or “white Christian” obscures our greater identity as Christians who belong to a race as a secondary matter.
How can your church learn and grow from Evans’ comments?
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