Please do yourself a favor and listen to a repeat of this live stream. I couldn’t fast forward through it, so it was necessary to listen carefully all the way through as evangelical/conservative leaders talked about race, racism, and justice.
The very first comments from a conservative black pastor caught me. He asked someone who had been in a conservative Christian college in 1968 when Dr. King was assassinated. The younger pastor asked the older pastor, “What did your college do that day? Did they stop to pray?”
The answer was, “We did nothing. We just went on our day.”
We have been caught in political arguments as conservative Christians. The trouble is we don’t want to recognize it. Because the “right” black men weren’t killed innocently, we are paralyzed from doing anything because it may look like we’re… um… LIBERALS…
When I mentioned on a forum what I did in my church to observe #BlackLivesMatter Sunday, I was met with opposition. One was angry because it was done to “honor” some “thugs” who were “in the wrong.” He then went on to say he wasn’t racist and any Church of God in Christ pastor could come any other day to his pulpit. I seriously doubt that pastor will arrange that day on his own.
We seem to want the precisely RIGHT conditions for us as conservatives to stand up and say, “We have a problem.”
On the conservative side and on the liberal side, our politics have made us pathetic when King Jesus needs us in this hour (and every hour) to be prophetic.
Assemblies of God pastors vehemently disagreed with our general superintendent when he asked to support our COGIC brothers and sisters because it looked like we were supporting “thugs.” That’s a political motivation and we need to call it out.
In Dr. King’s day conservative churches did little or nothing. Today, I want it to be better. At least on my part. I want my congregation THINKING about justice. I want to be more engaged in these issues because the Church really has something to say in this matter and, quite frankly, it will get Democrats and Republicans upset.
We need a way forward and hiding behind political stances and calling them “theological” won’t cut it anymore.
Quite frankly, there will be some who won’t listen very long to that live stream repeat because of the theology of most pastors present. (There are a lot of Reformed pastors in this group.)
We need to take some time and simply shut up and listen.
I need to listen to the hurt and pain of my African American brothers and sisters, especially when they are in the church. I need to shut up and listen for possible ways through this mess, even if I don’t particularly like the Reformed theology of some of that panel and the moderator’s goatee scares the living daylights out of me. (Someone PLEASE give Ed Stetzer a beard trim!)
There are plenty of opportunities to hammer the foolishness of liberal theology/politics. Today, it’s my own house. Cut the political maneuvering and PLEASE find a way to listen.
Oh, and go make friends with people that don’t look like you and think like you. Please.