We live in a country and world characterized by division. We desperately need a method for reconciliation that tears down the racial, political, religious, and many other walls of division that separate us. Today, we’re hosting John Slye, Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church in Arlington and Falls Church – a church for people who don’t go to church. John joins us to talk about the keys to genuine/lasting reconciliation, including an honest assessment of ourselves, proximity to those who differ from us, intellectual effort, and prayer.
We are wired for comfort, and comfort corrupts. We need Christ to help us turn outward from ourselves.
A black man becomes the godfather to Klan members' children.
When faced with aggression, the best option is neither fight nor flight, but standing our ground in peace. The non-violent approach taught by Jesus has produced major changes like the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.
Christianity doesn't crush cultures, it lifts them up and promotes multiculturalism.
CALL TO ACTION: Go, cross the divide, and be with someone who is different from you. One way is to host a gathering over a meal where people from differing backgrounds and points-of-view get together, break bread, and share their experiences. Here's an example focused on racial reconciliation.
Full interview with John Slye, Senior Pastor at Grace Community Church. (This may take 30 seconds or so to load.)