The first Sunday of January I preached a message challenging our hearts in the area of racial division. We compared God's Word from Galatians 3 to the perceptions we have of race and racial issues.
My cry continues to be: God, help us!
One of the challenges I gave that day was to seek greater understanding. Whatever background or race characterizes us, we come with a certain viewpoint of historical and recent events. Those viewpoints differ by their nature.
Thus, seeking understanding can help defend our hearts against sin and quick judgment. Let me link you to a few sites you may find helpful as you seek understanding. I encourage you to visit these at least once and challenge yourself to do some reading.
1. A website with a lot of content from a different perspective.
2. An article from the above website that contains quotes from leaders of different racial backgrounds during a panel discussion in December. The focus of the panel involved the current racial issues and the church's response.
3. Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
You can read it here: http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/letter-birmingham-city-jail-0
4. Bloodlines by John Piper.
You can download it free in PDF format here: http://www.desiringgod.org/books/bloodlines
May God use these resources to help draw our hearts to Him in how we think and live.