Racial (In)Justice?


How Would Jesus Address Racial Justice in America? A Conversation with Sean Palmer, Ecclesia Houston

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“I actually think that President Trump got a bad rap in Charlottesville.” – Sean Palmer

Sean Palmer is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, one of America’s most innovative and vibrant multi-site churches. Sean co-hosts the “Not So Black and White” podcast, is the author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and is a leading voice on how the church should deal with issues of race in the twenty-first century.

From police violence against unarmed youth to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem, Sean offers his thoughts on various issues related to race and how the first-century Jesus would react to issues facing Americans of all backgrounds in the twenty-first century.

Here’s a somewhat surprising answer Sean gave when asked about President Trump not condemning white supremacists in Charlottesville: “I actually think that President Trump got a bad rap in Charlottesville (referring to Trump’s comments that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the white supremacist march in 2017). If people read the entire statement, he does condemn white supremacists. It's later on, in that press conference, when he's asked a question and says there were very fine people on both sides. ...There are a lot of other things that he has said and done throughout the years where people may choose or not choose to draw connections, but those were two different statements. One was about the white supremacists and the other was about the other group of people, who may or may not have been there in support of the white supremacists. I just think that's a statement that needs a little bit more parsing than it normally gets.”

The heartbeat behind the Twenty-First Century Jesus podcast are the questions: If Jesus were here today, what interesting people would He talk to, what important conversations would He have, and what urgent causes would He care about? Sean Palmer would certainly be one of those interesting people, and the topic of race in America would be one He would have a conversation about.