There are tough questions young people face everyday. Questions about identity, belonging, and purpose. Questions about who God is, and whether we can trust him. Questions about whether our churches are all that they are called to be.
And then there are questions raised in the wake of national tragedy. When the depth of human hate is exposed on every channel and platform, discussed in classrooms, locker rooms, and dining rooms. Before the dust settles, voices of grief and indignation seek to define the chaos of our times. This time is no different.
We at the Fuller Youth Institute are devastated by the events in and surrounding Charlottesville. As Fuller's president Mark Labberton asserted this week, we affirm:
The evil of racism so vividly unveiled in Charlottesville last weekend is tragically intertwined with American church history. But it needs to be said that nothing about white nationalism flows from the heart of God. May white—and all—followers of Jesus say and live a resounding NO to any form of white nationalism. ...
Events of last weekend in Charlottesville cry out for the need of white Christians to look at this pervasive and insidious evil that subverts the Jesus we claim and profess. By our racial sin, the name of Jesus is scandalized.
And we are listening.
We are listening for the heart cries of young people as they ask questions in light of these events.
Am I safe? Does anyone care? Is hate okay? How do I deal with pain?
We are also listening for the heart cries of leaders and parents like you who care about young people.
What do I say? How do I navigate these conversations? What does God say?
Our team has developed a free resource for you as you continue conversations about race and race-motivated violence. Because even as time passes and the headlines dwindle, these crucial questions remain. And we think these conversations matter too much for us to let them sink back into oblivion.
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