All posts in Terrell Fletcher 2015

The Supreme Court has spoken. Same Sex Marriage is now legal in all 50 states. As a citizen of the United States, I respect the way that our constitution works. Same Sex Marriage under the law was an inevitable concept. However, I highly question if it is the right direction for our society or any society for that matter?

I personally do not have a problem reconciling my Christian faith with this decision. As I understand scripture, the Bible, I hold fast that traditional marriage, between male and female, is a religious right, a God concept, and is the highest form of human fidelity. A Court’s ruling, even the highest Courts ruling, will not change that belief. Our country long ago ceased to be governed by the pattern of scripture and reading of those scriptures in school house throughout the land. Today is a game changer though for our nation. No matter how disappointing this decision may be for those of us who still hold fast to the Bible, it is now the law of the land. Now what? We as church leaders have become expert at growing our churches, creating brands for more speaking engagements, and offering a weekly praise “experience” at our churches. It is clear that we know how to do ‘our’ thing, but here is a real question we need to consider: How do we as Believers begin to integrate ourselves back into the conversations that guide our national dialogue?

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As we mourn, filter through our emotions and reflect on the recent tragedy in Charleston South Carolina I was challenged with what response I personally should give as a black man and a pastor. Then as a local church. The thought pattern became more intriguing when I thought about what response the unified church should give. The following are a few thoughts about what I believe the church should do in response to the shootings. This list is not exhaustive or a end all, but a start.

 

  1. Talk About Race: This is the perfect time and place to talk about race relations in America….AGAIN. If you consider that its the south, a terrorist act against a black church, and 9 black people dead at the hands of a racist white man, you cannot help but draw historical parallels with the 16th Baptist church bombings and the general disregard for black life. Feels like we are back at the beginning. Perhaps the reset should be a restart of a conversation between black Americans and white Americans, and honestly white Americans with other white Americans, that we and they have not fully had.

 

  1. The Humility to Repent: Racism is a difficult conversation for everyone, but particularly for white Americans. But there can be no true healing without an acknowledgement of fault from those at fault. A full admission too. It is both courageous and humble to acknowledge historical and ancestoral wrongs to those whom have been violated. There is no true healing when we medicate a symptom. Repentance is the only pathway to true healing. If I had my way, Id like to see prominent white pastors acknowledge the issue, accept a historical responsibility to it and participate in the strategy for healing- then teach about it from their pulpits.

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