Thousands Flocked to This Confederate Monument for a Very Good Reason

ChurchLeaders | 8/27/2018 | Staff
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Christians from all races and denominations climbed to the top of Stone Mountain, outside Atlanta, Georgia to pray for racial reconciliation on Saturday.

Just 100 years ago the KKK used the same spot to burn crosses atop a mountain that now features heroes of the confederacy etched in stone.

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“A lot of voices in society and politics are speaking about divisions in the nation, but we don’t hear much from the church,” said Billy Humphrey, co-founder of the OneRace movement and director of Atlanta’s International House of Prayer. “At times, the church has been on the sidelines. At times, the church has been silent. We can’t be silent anymore.”

Humphrey said it was time for the “church,” in a figurative sense, to “take a stand for love and unity around the cross of Jesus.”

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The OneRace movement began about two years ago with about six pastors–black and white. That grew, eventually reaching 250.

“The issue of racial healing is very, very important,” said Bishop Garland Hunt, senior pastor of The Father’s House in Norcross, GA and co-executive director of OneRace. “Our country is divided and the church is, unfortunately, divided out of frustration and pain.”

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Organizers of OneRace Stone Mountain said more than 12,000 people had registered to attend, although it’s unknown how many actually showed up for the one-day event.

Those who were on hand were also asked to sign the Atlanta Covenant that states in part:

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“We covenant to stand against racism in every form, never again allowing it to gain a foothold within our spheres of influence.

“We covenant to publicly and privately declare that all people are made in the image and likeness of...
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