If we are honest, we must admit that we see the issues involving race differently often because our experiences have been so different. If we have any hope of reconciliation, we must begin to ask questions of each other in the pursuit of understanding.
As current events around race intensified, Aaron Layton desperately wanted to know what was going on in the minds of his white friends. So, he did what comes naturally to him …he asked. A trusted white friend responded: “Here is the deal: we don’t understand it: we don’t know what to say, and we don’t know what to do.”
That response propelled Aaron to action. Aaron sought to deepen the understanding of his white friends, with the hope that greater understanding would result in a greater experience of the unity believers possess in Christ. The lessons he learned are the foundation of this book—a letter to the white Christians he dearly loves.
Dear White Christian is intended to be a winsome examination of difficult issues, a humble attempt at “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). This book is designed for any white Christian who seeks practical tools for beginning or continuing conversations with black brothers and sisters in Christ. As you read this book, lean into that which makes you uncomfortable. Allow this “letter” to educate and challenge you for the glory of God.