A Google search for any significant topic turns up a cacophony of conflicting opinions. This hopelessly murky situation is our new reality, and it is here to stay. But we believe it is important for Kingdom people to hold to the existence of objective facts, and to take responsibility, to the best of one’s ability, to discern what these facts are—especially in matters of Kingdom significance.
It is good to engage with a variety of voices, but do remember that no one person can speak for or represent the experience of an entire group of people. People of color are not a monolith; each person is navigating the difficulties of the system differently. But if you specifically look for black voices to support what you already feel or are inclined to believe, check your motives to see if this is really a reflection of a desire to learn and listen. To rely on a handful of people who contradict the larger narrative but support your pre-existing ideas more likely indicates an unwillingness to be challenged.
In a similar way, we all need to be aware of our “confirmation bias.” That is, we tend to seek out statistics that support our existing views while ignoring contrary evidence. As you engage in learning, be open to correction and be willing to change your mind, or even admit you were wrong! The most important thing to remember is that behind all the numbers are individual people with unique stories and specific hurts. So, while we try to look for accurate information, we believe our time is best spent listening to and believing the lived experiences of people. Learning from the experiences of others requires humility and must be done in the context of actual relationships, so prioritize the voices of those who are your neighbors, your co-workers or your fellow believers.
And in the midst of uncertainty, here is one objective fact: God calls his people to be a community that welcomes, blesses and serves all the families and ethnicities of the earth.  And so the contemporary church—especially the white church—is called to become aware of, and work to dismantle, any and all lingering manifestations of systemic racism within the church and society (see our list of resources).