What should Black Christians & Pastors do about racism in America?
10 simple reasons why joining the “white supremacist” band wagon is a bad idea?
For context, a friend posted this.
I then made a life video here
Are Christians that hate Trump required to obey 1 Timothy 2:1-6?
After feedback from others I came across this from a good friend.
“Yes the scenario with the Bishop Swann analogy. It’s a very real thing that plays out in society. Literally not even 4 hrs. After your FB live, 2 stories popped up on the news that supported such.
One thing I’ve notice consistently among black men, pastors & Christians is it appears that being one, many of you abandon your sensitivity, awareness & experiences of living as a black, brown person in this world.
I feel like the two don’t have to cancel each other out. You can be black & Christian, Christian & black – whatever suits you 1st. Yet still embrace the fullness of each experience.
Yeah I’m Christian, but I realize I live in a world where because of my skin color:
Whether I may like, dislike, acknowledged it or not even if it isn’t directly me.
The truth is, someone that looks like me has the high potential to be unfairly accused or judged based on what they look like.
While there counterpart who may profess to be the very same thing -Christian – but white, will not. I don’t think there are any verses in the book (Bible) to ignore the reality of life.”
To my friend and brother- My response!
“Well said. I don’t deny that racism and white supremacy, or any other supremacy (prideful superiority) exist.
My thing is always, what does God expect from me? And the children of God?
The black Christian or Pastor does not help by focusing on the problem -WITHOUT THE GOSPEL!!!
Hatred, Prejudice and Racism have always existed. But what is the answer?
You know this; Jesus says, hatred and pride, of all kinds, flow from the heart.
So ONLY highlighting racism, prejudice and mistreatment in a society, getting angry about it, and joining a for example- the BLM movement, to me, only:
- Diminishes the power of Christ and His Gospel, because the “Christians” who join the movement and provide posts like the one you mentioned by Bishop Swan, isn’t pointing the culture to the ONLY solution – Christ!
- Ignores or forgets that we are in a spiritual battle and are not wrestling against white supremacy in white bodies. The battle always starts and begins in the spirit realm which requires preaching and teaching the Word in an environment of unceasing prayer.
- Is insensitive to how these general statements, comments and posts are received by non-blacks who have pure and clean hearts and see or treat ALL MEN equally. They also hate racism, prejudice and white supremacy, and hate, like all of us, being labeled with the multitude.
- Makes the problem bigger. What you/we focus on ONLY gets bigger.
Maybe this is why God says THINK/focus ON THESE THINGS (Phil. 4:7, 8).
When Pastors and Christians join the fight of the world, they forget their call and mission is to FOLLOW Christ and Him alone. And to fight for and in the same way he commanded. There was racism and prejudice in His day. The Jews hated and mistreated the Samaritan’s? The Romans did the same and worse to the Jews. How did Jesus speak to or model how we should deal with these matters?
– He preached
– He taught
– He prayed
– He modeled righteousness
– He rebuked wisely
– He healed
– He delivered…
Hopefully you get the point.
To continue, I said “…highlighting racism, prejudice and mistreatment in a society, getting angry about it, and joining the BLM movement, to me, ONLY”
- makes black people/Christians victims. When there are people groups of every color, throughout the world, that have experienced the same. Maybe you know, I grew up in the Bahamas. The racism of the Bahamian people against the Haitian Community, at the time, was grievous. Even acceptable among many Christians.
In addition, I moved to NYC in the 80’s. Went to school in Brooklyn. The racism of black Americans towards me was worse than anything I had seen or experienced from non-blacks. Telling me that everyone can be racist or FEEL superior to others. I am aware that there is a teaching that blacks, or oppressed groups, CAN’T be racist.
- It makes it difficult for the black Christian to minister to or have a “right” heart towards the “superior” race.
I remember watching roots as a kid. Though I NEVER had the thought as a child, watching those kind of movies made me feel hatred toward white people. It didn’t matter if what was dramatized was based in truth or reality. My question is, should that have been my focus, education or entertainment? I say no.
Being aware of the past is helpful, and even necessary. Acknowledging these things is helpful. But how we engage with material has everything to do with how we respond or PERCEIVE.
I SAY NO, if it would stir up thoughts that MAKE ME disobey Christ command to love my neighbor and my enemies. Watching roots did that. So I couldn’t watch anymore. Just a small example. I believe continual and highlighting of racism in posts and videos does the same. God says BLESSED are the pure in heart. I want to keep mine pure, so I can see God; and others properly.
- The black Christian, like all Disciples of Christ, is commanded to Love even their enemies. Not sure how you can do that and at the same time post regularly how “all whites” are “superior” and part of racist America etc. I suspect it will make it difficult for non-Christian whites that see your posts, to “hear” the Gospel from you. They may view YOU as prejudice or racist. Just a thought! The Christian is commanded not to allow “…their good to be spoken of as evil.” He or she is also commanded to “… “Avoid even the appearance of evil.”
- It denies the reality that some of the most prejudice and hate filled people, are black. This sin knows no skin color.
- It denies the truth that many poor whites (called “Trailer Trash”), also experience partiality, prejudice and systematic racism’ etc.
Just because the media don’t highlight much of it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. There is a poor white neighborhood near me, and they have no privileges because of the color of their skin. At least none that they see or i have been able to recognize.
I am not denying that there are millions of people across all tongues and tribes they have been taught by media, traditions, culture, education and examples, that LIGHT SKINNED and WHITE SKINNED, not only superior, but better. But I don’t have to believe, promote or preach it!
They act like carnal weapons can deal with SIN problems. Yet the Bible says the weapons of our warfare, “…are not carnal, but mighty through God…”
It takes us backwards. America is not as racist as she was in the 60’s. Or in the 1800’s. Not saying we should settle for less than total equality and justice. But the reality is, as long as sin is alive and well on planet earth, these things will not BE a reality for all. ONLY Jesus is the prince of peace. And He commands me to BE A PEACEMAKER. Not sure how we can make peace by stirring up strife. Sadly, there are some Christians – my words have no authority, to non-followers of Christ – who speak and act like America has made no progress. This makes current generations ungrateful, angry and promotes the sin of entitlement. This denies the truth that America and the majority of Americans are “good” at heart.
- Lastly, it stops the black Christian, highlighting and promoting this stuff, from being:
Salt – making others thirsty for Christ
And light – showing people the ONLY way
Too many of the people that they must reach.
There is one solution or answer to:
PREJUDICE or sinful mankind…
The Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When hearts repent and turn to God in faith, behavior will change. We can’t legislate righteousness! Laws don’t change hearts. Though it can curb behavior. The Christian should seek permanent and unchanging solutions!”