July 15, 2020
If you and me are going to have a real relationship and you're going to love me like the way that Jesus said you must, then you have to understand me, and you have to take the time to do that.

Trip Lee speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission” (ERLC) Summit on the Gospel and Racial Reconciliation. Trip’s message was titled “Rise: Calling the Next Generation to Racial Reconciliation.” He talks about some unique challenges millennials have and points to three solutions. You can read the full manuscript and find more teaching at www.BuiltToBrag.com/teaching

At first I was a little skeptical about what this address would be like, because Trip Lee posited that only through the Gospel can true racial reconciliation and unity be accomplished. I am always skeptical about that supposition on the part of Christian preachers, because having been in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th and 12th, 2017, and stood together with people of diverse and no faith tradition against hate, I don’t see any reason why people of other faith traditions or no faith tradition cannot be reconciled and unified, if they want to be. In fact, often, people “of the world” do a better job of loving others as they love themselves than people in the Church do. And that’s sad. Nevertheless, this address turned out to be GREAT, and includes many excellent exhortations and words of wisdom about how true racial reconciliation and love might best occur within the Church, were it is so sorely needed. So I recommend it highly to you. Below are a few quotes from Trip’s message, but there is MUCH more in this video. I hope you’ll enjoy and benefit from it!

“How can I possibly bear my brother’s burden if I have no idea what my brother’s burdens are? ”

“How can I possibly be compassionate toward my brother if I have no idea what’s going on in his life that demands my compassion?”

“I encouraged my friend not to only see my blackness every time he talks to me, but also not to pretend it’s not there because it is and it effects my daily life.”

“If you and me are going to have a real relationship and you’re going to love me like the way that Jesus said you must, then you have to understand me, and you have to take the time to do that.”

“But when we start to bring sinners from all different kinds of backgrounds and presuppositions and issues and hurts and brokenness there’s going to be some rub, and it’s going to be difficult to love one another and to be unified. And if we’re going to fight for this we’re really going to have to fight for it and remember that it is going to be difficult… Scripture calls us to fight through it.”