Respond to Rage: Evangelize

Diocese of Arkansas

The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield, Bishop of Arkansas, reflects on violence in Charlottesville:

[A]s much as we Christians deplore naked hate, we must also be a people who are self-reflective and who remain centered in the midst of the violence around us. We must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the same vortex of destruction. At this moment, we remind ourselves that Christians are called to evangelism in its best sense.

If we want an evangelism message, here it is: We Christians see the risen Christ in everyone—and we will treat each person as if he or she is indeed Christ walking beside us. Take that message to heart. Evangelize our friends. Evangelize our fellow employees. Evangelize our political leaders. The church and the nation need our witness now more than ever.

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