Amid the killing of five Dallas police officers by a lone sniper Thursday night and officer-involved shootings in which two black men were shot dead earlier this week, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore is calling on white evangelicals to acknowledge America’s structural sins.
In a blog post on his website Friday titled “How Pastors Can Address the Shootings This Sunday,” Moore condemned the attacks against the officers as an act of terror and urged Christian leaders to also pray for systemic issues that plague the African-American community.
“If it seems that your church ignored the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, then it may well be that the struggles of black lives are invisible to your people; speak to that,” Moore said.
Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, both African-American men, were shot by police this week in separate incidents and gruesome videos of their deaths were recorded and posted on social media.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday about the officer-involved shooting death of Castile during a routine traffic stop, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked: “Would this have happened if those passengers would have been white? I don’t think it would have.”
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Brandon Showalter