Why didn't they stand for justice when they had the chance?
How did their compromise with the larger culture affect their theology? Their witness?
How did the failure of the Evangelical church when it had cultural power affect America to the present day?
How did the underlying issues behind the symptom of Racism then morph into other things like consumerism, individualism, and pursuit of personal preference, all things that we still deal with today?
I start with a horrific event in Montgomery, Alabama on May 20-21, 1961 when the Freedom Riders came to my city and were beaten by a mob and then surrounded in an old church along with 1,500 men, women, and children by another racist mob of 3,000 people trying to burn the church down on top of them. I ask how this could have happened in a city full of churches where the vast majority claimed to be Christian? Working my way through history and theology, I find some answers.
- Has our racial history kept us from being the people that God called us to be?
- What were the origins behind racism and our theological compromise?
- Is there a way out of the morass?
- How can sacrificial love for God and others change us into a missional people?
- How can we walk in the Better Way of Jesus from this point forward?