Dallas Pastor Tony Evans Urges Christians to Put Their Faith Above Race, Culture (Video)

The Rev. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas. (Photo courtesy Tony Evans)
The Rev. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas. (Photo courtesy Tony Evans)

The Rev. Tony Evans is pastor of the 10,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas. He delivered the sermon “A Biblical Response on Race” on Sunday, July 17. By Thursday, July 21, it had been watched 114,000 times. Below are excerpts from the sermon.

Father, we need you today at a level that is beyond the ordinary … We need the supernatural extraordinary now. Because you have allowed it to be clear that we have human limitations so we cry out to you Lord, for wisdom and knowledge and understanding, starting in this house.

Every four years, there are the Olympics where the elite athletes come together to compete. They have worked hard to be viewed and be seen as the very best of the best … however, when the gold medalist stands on the platform … they play the national anthem of the country of which they are a part, with their flag flying high because it is understood while that athlete used their talents, and skills and effort, they represent a bigger country. They represent a bigger kingdom; it’s not just about them…

God has a kingdom. It’s made up of citizens. Some black, some white, some red, yellow, Spanish backgrounds. His intention was never that the individual uniqueness would cause them to lose sight of the flag flying over them. The flag of the cross …  America in particular is reaching an all-time low in this issue of race and culture and class. Just under the surface there is this ever-bubbling problem that has gone unresolved…

God has a kingdom. It’s made up of citizens. Some black, some white, some red, yellow, Spanish backgrounds. His intention was never that the individual uniqueness would cause them to lose sight of the flag flying over them. The flag of the cross …  America in particular is reaching an all-time low in this issue of race and culture and class. Just under the surface there is this ever-bubbling problem that has gone unresolved…

Once you extract any specific scenario and remove it from the umbrella of God’s creation, you create your own independent cause. There is no discussion of sociology that, at least from a Christian point of view, shouldn’t be plugged into theology; that is God’s view of it…

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SOURCE: The Washington Post

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