Let Their Voices Be Heard- My Interview with Pastor Kevin Part 4

I am so appreciative of Pastor Kevin Pringle taking time each week to answer one of the questions for this series.

If you missed the previous posts, Part 1 Kevin shared about experiencing racism as a child. Part 2 Kevin shared about experiencing racism in the church. Part 3 Kevin shared about what the church can do in regards to racism.

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Today’s question deals with what individual Christians can do. It is my conviction that we as individuals have a biblical mandate to speak up for those under the viciousness of racism. I get that from Proverbs 31:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy

What can individual Christians do to be allies for the Black Community?

This is such a vital question and I want to make sure l offer a thoughtful response and one that offers sensitivity as well.  I find it interesting that for decades churches have invested greatly in foreign missions.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the heart behind this sentiment.  However, there is a mission field that has existed around us our entire lives!

Generally, Blacks have lived in the poorest communities in the major cities of our country.  There are more Black men incarcerated than are in college and that number has grown exponentially since the Nixon administration. It became even more exacerbated under the Reagan and Clinton administrations. 

Blacks in general make less income working the same jobs as whites.  Even in sports where Blacks represent the majority of those that play, such as football and basketball, they are the least represented in front office positions.

I mention this only because many Christian brothers and sisters may misunderstand this reality.  The aforementioned is meant to serve as a launching point for understanding.  With that said, I want our Christian brothers and sisters to understand that the starting point for success is different culturally.  Those of us that are black know the starting line is in a different position than those of our white counterparts.  That’s not being mentioned as an excuse but simply as a hope for those wanting to help to gain empathy. 

Back to the heart of this week’s question, I believe it is important for us to see each other as brothers and sisters regardless of race.  If we can begin to gain this perspective it changes the narrative significantly! 

As the youngest of six children I always knew I could count on my siblings whenever I faced trouble. If I got picked on or bullied from someone outside my family undoubtedly one of my brothers would come to my defense and rescue me.  As Christian we need to realize there is a huge, ripe mission field in our backyards that has been significantly under served.  It is time that we as the Body of Christ come to the defense and rescue our fellow brothers and sisters that represent that community that is Black!

22 thoughts on “Let Their Voices Be Heard- My Interview with Pastor Kevin Part 4

  1. What steps can we take to begin the process of leveling opportunities? How would you feel about removing the question of race from every application for employment? Could that be a place to start?

  2. It is time for all to treat one another with love and respect, love thy neighbor as yourself. We as Christians need to speak up when necessary, To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8) Christian need to walk the walk and not just talk the talk

  3. I read your post, but I don’t know what to say. I’ve woken up not feeling very up mentally. I just wanted you to know that I read it.

  4. Thanks for another great interview with Kevin. As a black women in America I know for a fact I’ve been at times paid less than my white coworkers (salary information leaked out). And they used me to help train some of them when they started working! However I’ve also had white managers who were willing to increase my salary, so I’m thankful. The Lord has vindicated me in many ways and I believe there are even greater things ahead for me. I’m thankful He brings justice where needed.

  5. Kevin, I so appreciate that you are participating in this exercise with Matt. I believe racial issues can be overcome but it will take ALL of us working together. We need to really get to know other in our community and come together for the common good. LOVE GOD & LOVE PEOPLE !!

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