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Friday, October 20, 2017

Another bite of the apple

SJWs are attempting to further converge the evangelical church in the name of "racial unity":
The willingness of evangelicals of color to remain will likely change when they begin to realize that they too are the token/mascot/poster child for white evangelical churches or institutions. Unless white evangelicalism wakes up to the realities that it’s unwillingness to sufficiently change keeps it behind the culture, instead of leading prophetically with a clear vision of the Kingdom of God, the exodus will ensue.

My hope is we can work towards an equitable unity where all people mutually submit to and honor each other.

But how do we do this?

Well, the solutions are actually quite simple. This does not mean the solutions aren’t costly or difficult, but they are simple: at every layer of evangelical leadership, allow for a solid concentration of evangelicals of color to occupy culture-shaping positions of authority. Again, the problem wasn’t theology, but culture.

We need to be aware of how we bring unconscious biases to our own litmus tests of whether people of color are theologically correct enough based on their emphasis on justice issues. Often times, people of color are viewed with greater scrutiny simply because of their skin tone. We need to be concerned with the ways our political commitments co-opt our faith commitments. The fact that people equate Christians with a particular political party is problematic, especially if we consider how both parties are deeply flawed. We need to redefine our understanding of organizational fit. This means we need to reconsider what it means to be equipped. For example, is someone equipped for the pastorate if they have racist tendencies or beliefs? And who gets to decide if they do, white people or the people they disparage?

We also need to be mindful of how networks and credibility is established. Consider who is promoted within evangelicalism through publishing deals. If a Christian publisher looks through their catalogues and white people overwhelmingly occupy the authorial space, it is likely because the people they have come across were developed through their white evangelical network. Consider who speaks at conferences like The Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel and you’ll see how people who had local or regional platforms, now have national or international ones. Whether you are aware of it or not, we normalize whiteness in evangelicalism by having an overwhelming majority of white speakers and only one or two plenary speakers of color. Consider the ways in which people get mentored. There are tremendous barriers to mentorship felt by Christians of color who would say they hold the same faith commitments and convictions as evangelicals do, but don’t either know or have an entry point into these networks (I fortunately, had people who helped me navigate in, but I am a part of the exception, not the rule). Consider who is appointed the most senior level leadership roles and how they are found and determined upon. It cannot be true that only white people are “called” to these positions of authority and influence and people of color are not.

If white evangelicalism is serious about representing the unity Christ calls us to in this world, this means you cannot find successors who preach like you do, see the world like you do, and share the same skin tone as you. This means Thabiti Anyabwile or Bryan Lorritts (or any of the small handful of others) cannot be the only black preachers in your conferences (despite their wonderful gifts). This means that conferences need to provide substantial opportunities for Asians and Latinos and Native Americans to speak as well. This means that senior leadership at churches cannot be satisfied with a disproportionate percentage of white pastors/elders to non-white pastors/elders.

Further, we need to look deeply into the reasons why leaders of color who occupy the top spots in Christian (evangelical) organizations and churches do not last. This means we need to have the humility to listen, but not just listen, and act upon the problems we see. This also means evangelicalism needs to allow people of color to speak for themselves and on their own terms. We also need to create pipelines for evangelicals of color to grow in leadership opportunities (see what Intervarsity did with the Daniel Project) because we know that leadership matters and that leadership shapes organizations.
Is there any problem that more Magic People of Color can't solve? It's rather remarkable how the solution to every "problem" identified by SJWs is the same, no matter whether the institution is a technology company, a position on the football team, or the evangelical church.

How do Christians not see the evil in this? How do they not smell the sulferous stink of Babylon?

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25 Comments:

Blogger tuberman October 20, 2017 7:08 PM  

Well, well, well, When you let blacks use you, and you use them, the Angels sing down for you (or is that up for you?). Have a thousand Blessed Days all you Churchian fools.

Blogger pnq8787 October 20, 2017 7:26 PM  

Is that the sound of approaching helicopters I hear?

Blogger Brad Matthews October 20, 2017 7:33 PM  

I think it's hoofbeats

Blogger Brad Matthews October 20, 2017 7:35 PM  

Because they're fake. X-ians

Blogger Brad Matthews October 20, 2017 7:37 PM  

Listen to the new Fozzy song Judas. Describes all these people perfectly.
"I've become Judas in my mind"

Blogger tz October 20, 2017 8:07 PM  

But isn't "diverse" part of quoting the Bible, Chapter and (di)verse?
Doesn't di-versity double uni-versity?
Magic PoC, Magic dirt... I think we need magic cleanser, not magic dirt. Ethnic cleanser if they want to push it.

Blogger Doc Rampage October 20, 2017 8:42 PM  

What is your evidence that Christians don't see the evil in this?

Blogger James Dixon October 20, 2017 8:43 PM  

> How do they not smell the sulferous stink of Babylon?

I've always suspected there was a reason some (not all) churches used incense in their services.

Anonymous Bukulu October 20, 2017 8:51 PM  

Wow, who is this you are quoting?

Blogger Matt October 20, 2017 9:06 PM  

Worthless imbeciles. If a nation of laws were governed by common sense, all leftists and sjws would be burned alive.

Blogger Anthony October 20, 2017 9:33 PM  

Maybe the evangelical churches need to borrow some African Anglican or Catholic bishops.

Blogger Jed Mask October 20, 2017 10:08 PM  

"How do Christians not see the evil in this? How do they not smell the sulferous stink of Babylon?"

For clarification purposes you should say *STENCH* instead of mere "stink"; 'cause that means truly "horrendous"...

Anonymous Marvin Boggs October 20, 2017 10:10 PM  

VD: Is there a link to the original article? I'd like to know the source of this dreck.

Blogger roughcoat October 20, 2017 10:18 PM  

Link

Blogger weka October 21, 2017 1:28 AM  

Heresiarchs goanna worship the idol of the current year.

In short: God put us in nations (from the time of Babylon). Each nation generally likes to be with people like them. This is normal. Most churches work by preaching in the local lanuguage, teaching the Bible in the local language, and be lead by someone from the local tribe.

The missionaries try to do themselves out of a job. In Africa they succeeded: they are now sending missionaries to the West.

It is thus unsuprising that there are Spanish services for Hispanic and Ebonics services for Black American.

There is no logic in the essay, just code phrases designed to make us worship convergence and the progressive agenda, and not preach the gospel or worship Christ.

(Thanks for the link: I've used it at my place).

Blogger Freddy October 21, 2017 3:27 AM  

Thank you

Blogger Markku October 21, 2017 3:38 AM  

Amusing that this was an open letter to JOHN FUCKING PIPER, who has been bowing down to POC's so much that it sickens me. If he wasn't so solid on other areas, I couldn't even stand the sight of John Piper. As it is, I just skip it when he start worshipping the colored man.

Anonymous Simon in London October 21, 2017 5:07 AM  

My next-door black church seem ostensibly like a nice lot, but there's a strange lack of token white mascots among their congregation, never mind whites in positions of power. They must be extremely racist.

Blogger Duke Norfolk October 21, 2017 6:30 AM  

Ah, so the writer is Chinese. It sure sounded like it was written by a fawning white man, until that one little parenthetical.

So bottom line is that whitey really needs to get busy bending the knee and bowing the head to the sainted colored folks. To rid us of the awful "whiteness" of "white evangelicalism."

Nauseating and infuriating. The battle is young.

Blogger Duke Norfolk October 21, 2017 6:40 AM  

But I'm sure these fine Men of God would be thrilled to know that their newfound emphasis on social justice will gain the approval of the Unitarian Church (and other lefty, secular, practically-atheist sects) and my mother.

I hope they're proud of the fact that they've left their religion to appease these people.

By the way, when is the merger of the SBC with the Unitarian Church scheduled for? Hell, let them all merge; it's the perfect convergence!

Blogger Desdichado October 21, 2017 7:12 AM  

Written by Ray Chang. Interesting...

Blogger GraceIronwood October 21, 2017 7:35 AM  

The Legions of the "well-meaning" in the US have been literally unhinged by their own Social Justice religion.

Anonymous Marvin Boggs October 21, 2017 9:27 AM  

@Roughcoat:

Thanks for the link. What a dreadful article. Reading it in toto left me more confused than reading Vox's excerpts.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope October 21, 2017 11:04 AM  

I now have a new "tell" to spot when reading a SJW screed.

If they use the word "Need" more than once in their entire writing. And anything around the word "need" should be examined for entryism and untruth.

Of course the word "problematic" is a known tell.

OpenID paulmurray October 22, 2017 8:09 PM  

"at every layer of evangelical leadership, allow for a solid concentration of evangelicals of color to occupy culture-shaping positions of authority"

The adult way to deal with "Baww, I don't like your club" is "well, go start your own", not "oh, ok - we'll reconstitute our club so that you like it better".

"Further, we need to look deeply into the reasons why leaders of color who occupy the top spots in Christian (evangelical) organizations and churches do not last. "

What a fine idea. But wouldn't it be just awful if this inquiry discovered that the main reason is financial and sexual misconduct?

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