We have fairly romantic ideas about the Pilgrims—English Separatists who came to the New World and eventually merged with the Puritans in order to establish the “city set on a hill.” And for good reasons. Their values played a major role in establishing the United States as a country with noble ideas about freedom, individualism, faith, and the American dream.
And one of the things that has made us great is the ability to see where we have failed to live up to the ideas we aspire to.
And to change.
One glaring issue facing the American church is how our forefathers and mothers treated Native Americans when they carved out our nation. It is a tragic story filled with hypocrisy, violence and cruelty that typically gets glossed over in the Thanksgiving narrative.
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Charles Robinson, founder of The Red Road. We had a wonderful chat about the challenges facing Native Americans who are Christians today.
In this very moving clip, he responds to the charge that Native Americans need to just “get over it.”