Jackson, Tennessee Pastors Hold ‘The Gospel and Race’ Panel Discussion, Say It Is Time for Churches to Unite
By CLG on May 12, 2013 9:32 AM
Jackson pastors and church leaders said Tuesday that it is important for Christians to accept differences in ethnicities, colors, creeds and languages, and join in worship together around one cross.
Joel Owen, a deacon at First Baptist Church on North Highland Avenue, said the time of the greatest segregation in our country is Sunday mornings in our churches. He said racial reconciliation has recently become a personal issue for him.
“My wife and I adopted two children from Uganda,” he said.
The need for racial reconciliation within area churches was discussed during the panel, ‘The Gospel and Race,’ Tuesday morning at Union University’s Luther Hall. About 50 people attended the panel, which was organized and moderated by Rev. Justin Wainscott, pastor of First Baptist Church on North Highland.
Owen, the Rev. William Watson, Kevin Hicks, the Rev. Russ Pflasterer and Matthew Marshall participated in the forum.
Wainscott said he believes racial reconciliation is a Gospel issue.
“It is worth working through,” he said.
Pflasterer, pastor of City Fellowship Baptist Church, said conversations about uniting races in worship need to be held with Christians. He said the ethic of love will drive Christians to break racial barriers.
“We are missing out from the length, width, depth and breadth of Christ as we segregate the Gospel,” he said.
Watson, pastor of First Baptist Church on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, said God is love.
“How can you truly wrap your heart around somebody without (accepting) their color, gender …,” Watson said.
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SOURCE: The Jackson Sun