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Justin Giboney on Juneteenth, Pluralism, and the Gospel

On June 19, 2023, the United States of America will celebrate its newest federal holiday: Juneteenth, which marks the anniversary of some slaves in Texas being told that they were free. But this is far from the first time that Juneteenth, which today’s guest refers to as “a second Independence Day,” has been celebrated. 

On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Justin Giboney shares his memories of celebrating Juneteenth. Drawing on his expertise as a political strategist, attorney, and co-founder of the AND Campaign, Giboney speaks to the history and cultural narratives regarding systemic injustice in America. He and Moore discuss civil rights, the Black church, and the Christian witness in the public square. And they consider how believers in Jesus can engage in political spaces.

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Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


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Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).