who we are
Faith & Prejudice is a move of God. We began as a vision placed in the heart of our Founder, Nona Jones, while on a morning run on June 1, 2020. She was in prayer due to the unrest gripping the United States after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. “Lord, instead of fighting each other, how do we defeat racism?” As tears rolled down her face, she heard the Lord say, “the power doesn’t lie in Congress; the power lies in my Church. Racism is a spirit. Cast it down.”
When she returned home from her run, she began to search the internet and learned that while 30% of Americans identify as Republican and 31% identify as Democrat, 65% of Americans identify as Christian; more than both major political parties combined. It was at that moment that she realized what God was saying; change won’t happen in Congress until it first happens in the heart of the Church. The Faith & Prejudice movement was created to unite the Church through education and inspiration so that we can mobilize and defeat racism once and for all.
Faith & Prejudice is not simply an organization; it is a movement of Christians who are committed to living a life of radical love and humility as demonstrated by Jesus Christ; the type of love and humility that confronts and dismantles racism in America once and for all. We exist to concentrate the spiritual power it requires to eradicate the demonic spirit of racism from the United States.
Our goal is to unite Christians across color lines and denominations to confront the prejudices that have limited our ability to listen and learn so that we can mobilize. We desire to see the power of God bring healing to this land and, as such, we commit to walk humbly before God, pray and seek his face and turn from our wicked ways.
Is Faith & Prejudice part of the Black Lives Matter organization? This question is asked repeatedly, so we would like to address it here. First, no we are not part of the Black Lives Matter organization. Second, we exist to address the fact that, in America, black lives have not mattered. As such, black lives matter to us because, like the 1 sheep that Jesus left the 99 for, black lives are the ones in danger due to systemic racism.
Are you part of a political party? No. Our leadership team members come from a broad spectrum of political views, but we have the maturity and grace to work together harmoniously because the only ideology we lead this organization by is the Kingdom ideology of the Bible. Where there are matters of differing perspective, we consult the Word of God, not a political platform.
How do you choose which voices you feature on your platform? We only lift the voices of people who have a solid track record of doing the work to rectify systemic and unconstitutional injustices impacting African Americans. As such, we will not create space for social commentators or pundits no matter how large their following may be. If you would like to recommend a voice for us to feature, you can submit your reason for recommending them through the contact form on our website, but include in your rationale a history recounting the impact they have made on issues of social justice.
How do you define the terms “systemic racism” and “social justice?” I’ve seen these terms defined differently on both sides of the political spectrum, so what is a Kingdom view? Great question! In defining systemic racism, let's first define system and racism separately. At a high-level, a system is simply anything that is created to carry-out a purpose. It includes, both, a statement of purpose, resources to carry out that purpose, and roles through which resources are used to carry out that purpose. Racism is prejudice, discrimination and antagonism by a higher power group directed toward a group of lesser power by virtue of their race. Combining these two ideas, systemic racism occurs when a higher power group uses anything that is created to carry-out a purpose with the goal of discriminating against and antagonizing a group of lesser power by virtue of their race. This act creates racial inequity and social injustice. To put this in a theological context, it hearkens back to Proverbs 20:23. Systemic racism creates a double standard and disparate impact based on race. The question of social justice is one that is replete throughout the bible. One needs not look much further than Jesus' own words in Matthew 25:35-45 to understand the central nature of social justice to the Christian faith. Definitively, social justice is the act of using social levers to create equity. Some people have money, some people have influence, some people have power. Whatever we have, we are to use it to right wrongs. Micah 6:6-8 is yet another scripture that compels us to social justice. To be precise, we as human beings live in an ecosystem with each other that is called "social system" or “society.” Social justice, then, requires ensuring that society reflects the Kingdom of God wherein his goodness, mercy and justice is carried out by those within the ecosystem who represent him.
How can we partner with you? Our work is evolving from the original vision of hosting a national week of education, inspiration and mobilization to providing a mechanism for churches and Christians around the United States to mobilize on issues of social justice for the long-term. Join our mailing list to learn about our work and how you can support.