“The basis of our action is an empowerment theology that is based upon the scriptures. In contrast, liberation theology as preached by people like Rev. Wright, if taken to extreme, can fan the flames of class struggles and racial prejudice.
“Just 16 years ago on April 29, 1992, a major race riot sent shock waves from Los Angeles around the world. Seven hundred million dollars of property damage, 13,212 arrests, 2,383 human injuries, and 54 deaths lay in the wake of an initial lower court verdict concerning the beating of Rodney King by four LA policemen.
“We believe that repeat of that riot is possible today. The protagonists may be black, white, or Hispanic but the danger of unresolved race based anger deserves a national “intervention” by the Church.
“There is no time to waste.
“It is time for America to see the Church as an unbiased representative of Christ. Over 40 leading ministers - 20 whites and 20 blacks - have made a commitment to bring racial reconciliation to our nation within the next decade. We collectively make a commitment to take the following intentional and purposeful steps to begin the healing:
1. Pray for racial healing and spiritual awakening in America.
2. Strategically evangelize across racial boundaries.
3. Conduct pulpit exchanges in our communities or regions which congregations of different racial majorities.
4. Commemorate the contributions of Christian blacks, Hispanics and other racial minorities to both the Church and the nation through black history month and other dates of multi-racial and cultural significance.
5. Develop cross-cultural leadership within our local ministries, including spiritual and administrative positions.
6. Recognize that biblical justice is a part of our social mandate.
7. Develop trans-denominational approaches to address domestic poverty.
“What about practical solutions for non- churched people? In our book Personal faith, Public Policy we give a visionary game plan for a racially reconciled Church to serve the entire nation. As the Church unifies, there are many specific public policy initiatives we can introduce in order to create a greater atmosphere of biblical justice in our land.
“We are calling for all Bible believing Christians to accept this Reconciliation Referendum and become proactive healing agents in this nation.”
If you agree with this referendum, I ask you to do three simple tasks:
1. Join the leaders and pastors who have already signed this document by signing it yourself at www.thetruthinblackandwhite.com
2. Pass this article on to your friends and ask them to sign the referendum as well.
3. Send a copy of this commentary to your pastor so that he/she may unite with us by signing the referendum.
Together we can seal racism’s fate.
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.