Message from NAE Leaders on Racial Justice and Equality
NAE Statement on Racial Unrest and Call to Action
Recent events surrounding the wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota illustrate severe racial injustices in the United States. The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) laments the recurring trauma experienced by African Americans.
We condemn racism and the violent abuse of power, call for justice for victims and their families, and exhort churches to combat attitudes and systems that perpetuate racism. We are grateful for law enforcement officers who honorably serve and protect our communities, and urge our members to uphold them in prayer.
Christians believe that racism is an affront to the value of individuals created in God’s image and to the divinely designed diversity of redeemed humanity. This denial of personhood and belonging runs contrary to the peace and unity that God intended in the beginning and that the Bible depicts as our destiny.
NAE Statement on Anti-Asian Violence and Call for Understanding
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) mourns the eight lives senselessly lost at Atlanta-area spas, including six women of Asian descent. The attacks took place against a backdrop of increased violence against Asian Americans, and exacerbate fear and trauma for many in the Asian American community.
The NAE denounces violence and hate in all forms against any person or persons made in the image of God. Over the past year, nearly 3,800 incidents of name-calling, shunning and assault against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Some of the incidents include being spat at, coughed on or physically attacked while being verbally blamed for the coronavirus.
Christians are ambassadors of reconciliation and have a unique and compelling call to provide leadership for the benefit and dignity of all (2 Corinthians 5:16–20). The Bible uniformly teaches the essential dignity of all humans and the shared desire to belong in community. Yet, the devastating reality of sin results in denigration and alienation.
For the Health of the Nation
Pursuing racial justice and reconciliation is one of eight pillars in “For the Health of the Nation,” our guide to civic engagement. This section on racial justice and reconciliation (which can be read in full here) sits alongside sections on:
- Protecting religious freedom and liberty of conscience
- Safeguarding the nature and sanctity of human life
- Strengthening marriages, families and children
- Seeking justice and compassion for the poor and vulnerable
- Preserving human rights
- Promoting just peace and restraining violence
- Caring for God’s creation
“For the Health of the Nation” will help you and those you know faithfully follow Jesus in the public square. A free download and discussion guide are available at NAE.net/forthehealth. Printed copies are also available to order.
Listen in to Today’s Conversation with NAE President Walter Kim and guests for information and inspiration.
- Raymond Chang | Understanding the Asian American Experience
- Nicole Martin | Equipping Churches in Trauma Healing
- John Jenkins | Learning from the Black Church
- Michael Carrion | How COVID-19 Is Impacting Communities of Color
- Claude Alexander | What White Christians Need to Know About Black Churches
- Walter Kim | Theology of Race
- The Long Obedience of Racial Justice | Walter Kim
- Are Multi-ethnic Churches the Only Way? | Kevin Smith
- Black and White Race in American Denominations | A.G. Miller
- Far We Have Come; Further We Must Go | Walter Kim
We seek an end to racial injustice by advocating for policies that respect and affirm the dignity of all races and ethnicities. Click below to read some recent letters outlining advocacy to government leaders.
- Seeking a Free, Fair and Safe Election
- Borrowers Need Protection in COVID-19 Crisis
- Protecting Prisoners, Detainees and Guards from COVID-19
Resources From NAE Members & Friends
Click the links below to go directly to their resources!
- Assemblies of God
- Barna Research Group — Where Do We Go from Here?
- The Brethren Church
- Center for Public Justice — Principles for Racial Justice in Policing
- Christian & Missionary Alliance
- Christian Reformed Church in North America
- Church of God (Cleveland, TN)
- Church of the Nazarene
- Council for Christian Colleges and University — Racial & Ethnic Diversity Resources for Christian Higher Education
- Converge Worldwide
- Evangelical Congregational Church
- Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO)
- Evangelical Free Church of America
- Evangelical Presbyterian Church
- Grace Communion International
- Humanitarian Disaster Institute — The Black Church in Action Against Racism During COVID-19
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
- Open Bible Churches
- Presbyterian Church in America
- National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- North American Baptist Conference
- The Salvation Army
- Seventh Day Baptist
- Transform Minnesota
- Vineyard USA