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7 Questions for Thursday: Colier McNair

Colier McNair is lead servant/presiding pastor at Zion City Church, but there is so much more to his life and work. He worked with youth in Minneapolis and Madison before going to work in 2005 for Madison’ Department of Civil Rights – a job he left in the past year to devote full time to ministry and creativity. He has written a book that he talks about later in this interview. His parents, Charles and Alberta McNair, began what is now Zion City Church and Colier became the pastor in 2006. He is married to Myra McNair and they have four children.

What does Jesus mean for you?
Everything! But that’s the easy answer. A more compelling answer for me is that He’s life after life. Hope beyond the grave. I could go on and on… Love before love. Truth over truth. Healing for the hurting. Power for the powerless. Authority and all powerful! I mean He set the bar pretty high. I better stop before I preach…

Name your favorite 3 Christian music artists?
Marvin Winans, Marvin Sapp and J Moss.

What is the church body doing well and what could we improve on?
The church body does church well. We could improve if we do relationships better.

What scripture really defines where you are today in life and why?
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 (“And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”) I close every prayer I pray before I speak with this scripture. It alters my perspective and keeps me in check.

Anytime your name comes up people also bring up your wife Myra McNair. What are 3 things you love about your wife?
Funny, that use to be the other way around. I ain’t mad at her. Shine, baby, shine! I guess a man really does find favor…when he finds a wife. Well, three things I love about Myra Renee is that:
She’s my wife. I wouldn’t be the same without her. Life’s exciting and fun with her.
She’s my ministry and business partner.
She’s a great mom to our kids.

You have a new album out called Intimacy. Why that title?
As I think about each song I want my listeners to know that a relationship with God should be more than just lip service and/or what you see on the surface. God wants to know us deeply and He wants us to be open and honest with Him about every aspect of our lives. That’s why Jesus died. It was unconditional love that said I’ll do anything to be with you. I’d even die for you.

What are we willing to do to be in relationship with Him? To get spiritually intimate with Jesus?

Last year you released a book titled Winning People Losing America.What made you write the book and what message did you want to get across to the readers?
Yes, I’m an author now. Who would have ever thought I’d be an artist and an author too? I finally published my first book Winning People Losing America after 4 years of writing and 8 years of notes.

The tagline for the book: “You’ll Never Look at Religion, Politics, and Football the Same Way Again” is an invitation to all people from all walks of life to ponder as we tackle the most polarizing issues of our time as it pertains to our religious and political proclivities using the game of football as the ultimate metaphor to communicate and drive home the point of the book.

When President Barack Obama was elected I really thought America may have finally arrived at the doorsteps of putting race behind us. Boy, was I wrong! It only woke up the sleeping bear of racism. Most naysayers blame Obama for this while completely ignoring the fact that they just couldn’t stand to see a black man in the highest office in the land. It wasn’t all Democratic politics like some would lead you to believe.

The fallout after realizing the stronghold of politics in religion triggered the book. As a pastor I wanted to be true to my convictions and thoughtfully bring relevance back to the church without compromising what living for God is all about. Pleasing Him first.

A provocative statement I make in the book is that “everybody’s religious!” That you’re either a “religious traditionalist or religious non-traditionalist.”

Towards the end of the book, I “snap the ball” so to speak, by tossing up a number of issues and fiery topics giving “away” to oppositional perspectives and then coming “home” in a reversal and defense of the same.

Yes, I go there. But it’s all done in a manner that I believe is tasteful, very well played, and delivered. At the end of the day, I hope my book gets liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans on the same field for a competitive, but fun game of touch football.