Back in November 2019, a reporter gathered a group of white and African-American evangelical Christians at the Aaron Lake Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina to have a discussion. The group largely agreed on issues of theology and social issues such as abortion, but when the conversation turned to race relations, the president, and politics, significant divisions were exposed.
Take the time to listen to this seven-minute conversation:
Think through these questions:
- Why do you think the two groups of Christians, who agreed on theology and social issues, had widely diverging views on the president and racial politics?
- There is a tense moment in the conversation around the use of the word “lynching”. How is this tension built by the different historical memories that these groups have? Notice the reference to Emmett Till.
- Listen to the very end. How does this group handle their disagreement? What can we learn from this encounter?
Take some time and post your responses to this conversation and the questions. We would love to keep this discussion going.