It’ll be a tall climb to bring about racial reconciliation—even in the Church. But one group has its hiking shoes on.
On Thanksgiving night in 1915, William J. Simmons, a former Methodist minister, and approximately 15 other men climbed Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta, set a cross on fire, and proclaimed the birth of the revived Ku Klux Klan.
To reinforce the connection between the revived Klan and Christianity, they placed an altar beside the burning cross, and on the altar they placed a sword and a Bible.
It would be nice to tell you that this attempt to link the Klan to Christianity was an aberration, but that would be a lie. The ties between preachers, churches, and the Klan were deep and widespread. An infamous 1922 photo shows a group of klansmen in full regalia standing at the front of a church under a sign that reads “Jesus Saves.”
It’s a shameful story, which makes me all the more happy to tell you about a group of Christians who are seeking to write a new story—one more in keeping with the Lord’s intentions for his Church.
On August 25, thousands of Christians will climb to the top of Stone Mountain with a very different purpose in mind. Led by Garland Hunt, the senior pastor of the Father’s House in Norcross, Georgia, and Billy Humphrey of the International House of Prayer, they will gather “to renounce racism and dead religion, and covenant together to move forward through reconciliation and revival.”
The organization behind the event is OneRace, which, according to its website, is “focused on engaging millennials” and on “confronting the historic division between black and white.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Eric Metaxas And Roberto Rivera