I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. The nation has lost a fearless minister of the gospel, and I have lost a dear friend. Harry and I came from opposite sides of the tracks in Cincinnati, but we walked a shared path together through our Christian faith. In 2005 when we first met, Harry, although conservative, was a registered Democrat. We began discussing immigration, the ethnic divide, and the climate, among other topics. That conversation led to us co-authoring a book entitled, Personal Faith Public Policy. We took on the difficult policy issues that divided the two political parties and found common ground through Scripture.
After the Lord enabled him to overcome cancer, Harry's preaching and public proclamations were marked with a fearlessness that only comes from understanding your mortality and your purpose. I am grateful for our friendship, his leadership, and his legacy. His family is in my prayers.