Renowned spiritual leader, Bishop TD Jakes of the Potter’s House has called for a national conversation on policing and race, followed by a comprehensive plan of action.
In the wake of the recent killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, global spiritual leader and elder statesman Bishop TD Jakes is calling for a national conversation on policing and race to be immediately followed by an action plan for police reform.
In a pointed opinion piece published on FoxNews, Bishop Jakes says now is the time to put in place a response with buy-in from community leaders, clergy, police unions, the US Justice Department and elected officials.
The plan must address longstanding issues like the implementation of de-escalation training and the lack of standardized hiring practices for the nation’s 18,000 police departments. It must also include tough measures such as cutting or eliminating funding for recalcitrant police departments.
“The ongoing demonstrations around the nation offer a glimpse into what the future looks like if nothing is done,” TD Jakes writes.
‘Christians have a moral imperative to take action’ – TD Jakes
“Doing nothing will destroy our society,” adds Bishop Jakes, who leads the Potter’s House located in Dallas, a diverse congregation of some 30,000-members. “Mutual antipathy between police and the black community further exacerbates racial tensions in the country at large.
“It generates outrage not only domestically but also internationally, making a mockery of our professed commitment to stated ideals of liberty and justice. Further, it gives comfort to our enemies abroad who are eagerly awaiting opportunities to exploit our nation’s biggest Achilles heel: racial strife.”
TD Jakes says Christians have a moral imperative to take action instead of doing nothing. He quotes the words from the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do good: seek justice, correct oppression.”
Many Christians have already answered this call including the Unite714 Movement who are praying for unity across the globe according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Let us Christians stand together shoulder to shoulder to see an end to injustice. Read Racial Unity – TD Jakes Urges Us to Stand Together Shoulder to Shoulder
About The Potter’s House
Located in Dallas, The Potter’s House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop TD Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as America’s Best Preacher and as one of the nation’s 25 Most Influential Evangelicals. The Potter’s House has five locations and its services are broadcast weekly on TDJakes.org/stream.