Q Summit: Tyler Burns on the 'pain and power' found in the 'paradox' of being a black Christian

By The Christian Post

Tyler Burns, president of the Witness, speaks at the Q 2021 Culture Summit on April 22, 2021. | Q Conference

Tyler Burns, president of the Witness, identified lessons the Church can learn from the African American legacy and experience and shared how there is “power” to be found in the seeming paradox of being “fully black and fully Christian.” 

During a message titled “The Gift of the Black Christian Experience,” Burns told those gathered at the Q 2021 Culture Summit on April 22 that at the age of 19, he was forced to confront the seemingly contradictory condition of being black and Christian. 

“I was born black, grew up black in a black family, and was introduced to Jesus at an early age, but sometimes in the life of black Christians, we must confront this reality that ... a black Christian and a black non-Christian will live in the same world and face the same exploitation. Being fully black and being fully Christian sometimes feels like a bit of a paradox.”

For example, Burns said that for many black people, it’s hard to understand how Jesus can be a "healer" when they don't have adequate access to healthcare, how Jesus can be a “provider” when their communities lack economic provision, and how people can claim to love them “but not care about their lives.”

Source:The Christian Post