"One of our main problems as black people is that we don't really know who we are,"
says Dr. Jefferson Edwards. "We have a tremendous need to restore to black people a sense of identity that brings with it self-worth, self-esteem, and purpose."
To reclaim that identity, Dr. Edwards emphasizes that all races are made in the image and likeness of God. Including black people. "God likes us the way we are made. He like our hair, our lips, the color of our skin, because He made us that way. And He said it was good."
To Christians, both black and white, Edwards says, "Racism is alive and well in the church because church members did not speak out and put this immorality to death long ago."
But this is changing. "Purging racism from the church is at the top of God's agenda. Although there is controversy and confrontation associated with these changes, the Holy Spirit promises freedom.
"If there is ever to be unity and reconciliation among the races, white people must see black people as equal. But more importantly, black people must see themselves as equal. Only then will we be ready to start the much-needed reconciliation process between the races and between individuals."