Over the past weeks our hearts were broken by the cruel death of George Floyd by a police officer. Recently we have also witnessed the death of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor both African Americans who appeared to have been targeted at least in part by race. Many communities have had several incidents of KKK fliers being distributed. As followers of Christ, we want to stand firmly and say clearly that we stand for racial equality and want to work for racial equality. We also want to say that are blessed to have the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech which we should use to work peaceably for justice and equality.
One of my heroes is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a great minister and humanitarian who took a stand for justice. He had a biblical vision that peace and justice were possible together, but the pathway there might be marked by challenge and adversity. Let us look deeply at our own lives and challenge ourselves to follow Christ's command to love our neighbor regardless of race or place, and to build bridges of peace and understanding, and to take a stand for justice anywhere and everywhere. Dr. King once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Let us dare to believe that all children are God's children and dare to act as if all children were our children.
Together we can make a difference--Dr TJ
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.