taking the words of Jesus seriously

Dear Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Paula White and Franklin Graham,

We write in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to invite you to join us for a round table about faith in the public square on live television. We know we do not agree on many issues, but we believe the church and the broader American public would benefit from a debate and discussion among us.

We recently posted an article that lays out some of our concerns about the public witness of some evangelicals and the absence of the gospel’s call to liberate and bring good news to the poor in what we have heard you preach in the public square. We look forward to debating you on what the Bible says about these and many pressing issues of our day.

As you can watch here (https://on.msnbc.com/2NX9ryx), MSNBC has offered to host this round table on faith in the public square. Please either respond to their producers who have reached out to you or let us know an alternate public venue in which you prefer to “give an answer for everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have,” as Scripture says we must always be prepared to do (I Peter 3:15).


Bishop William J. Barber, II, Pres. & Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis , Co-Director, Kairos Center for Religion, Rights & Social Justice
Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director, School for Conversion

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About The Author


The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and President of Repairers of the Breach. He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, since 2006 and sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. Rev. Barber is author of the best-selling The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear.

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