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Episode 091 – The “Hug”, Forgiveness, and Racial Reconciliation, Part 1

Many people watched in AMAZEMENT as a brother, who’s brother had been murdered by a police officer, offered forgiveness to the murderer – in front of cameras from around the world. You can watch it here.

Social media went crazy.  It was trending for days!

Was it appropriate? Did the judge have to hug the convicted murderer? Did she cross the line? Why are blacks always offering forgiveness when injustice keeps happening? When will a significant change take place? Lots and lots of questions swirling.

We welcomed Mrs. Dorena Williamson who wrote a pretty provocative article challenging all of those questions and then some in a pretty forward-thinking and straight-forward writing. You can read the article here. On another platform Mrs WIlliamson muses, “Yes, God is a forgiving God. But we haven’t really understood the depth of that grace if all our examples of forgiveness are times when the people being forgiven look just like us. Given the long history of white supremacy in this country, we as Christians should ask: Why aren’t there videos of white people forgiving their black assailants trending on our social media? Why aren’t black accusers hugged by judges or comforted by the victim’s family members, as this former police officer was? How long O Lord?””

This episode we carefully walk through what many people missed – the Mother’s response as well. You can Read It And Watch It here.

You can connect with Mrs. Williamson here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

You can read a few additional articles about the Case here: Article 1 | Article 2 |



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Christopher J. Harris, a native of Palatka, Fla., is currently Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa, Fla. He is also the Director of Administration & Vision Implementation overseeing the day to day operations of the Atlanta Headquarters office for Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. He’s served at ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Chicago,IL. He’s an author and blogger with two books, Temporary Assignments and Church Strategies and Ministry Systems. He’s an alumnus of Florida State University, University of South Carolina, special studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University. Harris currently resides in Florida with his wife Dr Carmen J Harris and their children.

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