Ok since I have your attention; now let me begin by saying we need all our brothers and sisters in Christ no matter the race or theological persuasion. Every culture has contributions that can, and has benefited Christians abroad. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we need each other as the family of Christ.
But what we don’t need however is white privileged evangelicals feeling as if they are going to be the ones that civilize black communities with the gospel. That is the job of Christians that represent our communities. Leave that colonialist missionary mindset in the 1700’s.YHWH has always dealt with the local community to build that communityClick To Tweet (Study king Hezekiah’s, Nehemiah’s, and Ezra’s religious reform in the bible).
What we don’t need is the white privileged thinking their Christian education is the best education and if you want to succeed as a respected pastor or Christian teacher you must “be on their level”. When it comes to the Word of God no one people have access to a superior education on Christ (Eph. 2:18, 3:12).
What we don’t need is representations of a white Jesus, or white church fathers that has reached a privileged status in many people’s minds, and when questioned about its authenticity the response is “it doesn’t matter”. But obviously it matters to someone to paint these images; put them in publications, or erect monuments that cost millions of dollars of a pale white Jesus.Plain and simple a pale white image of Jesus represents white supremacy. Click To TweetGod created us all to be image bearers of God (Gen. 1:26). And a pale white Jesus is a falsification of biblical evidences, therefore a violation of bearing false witness (Ex. 20:16).
What we don’t need is talk about reformation within the church and then exclude the contributions of our African church forefathers upon whose foundation it rests upon (read about African church fathers such as Agustin, Athanasius, Tertullian, and Origen). Or talk about white/European church history ONLY. Christianity was being “reformed” way before the English reformation.The apostle Mark (who was an African) was bringing reform to African communities’ way before an English reformation.Click To Tweet (Read Thomas C. Oden “The African Memory Of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition”).
What we don’t need is scholars trying to separate the fact that a lot of western church leaders were either racist/and or slave owners/supporters.
What we don’t need is the false myth that systematic racism doesn’t exist. We don’t need to be continually ignored as if racism only exist on an individual basis in this supposedly Christian country, as well as within the church.
What we don’t need is my white Christian brothers and sisters saying, “statements like those (talking about African roots, injustices, and racism in Christianity) are divisive”. When in fact it’s not dealing with these issues that’s divisive.
“…He divisive, he don’t rep the King, he just want the fame/ Aw man, now they acting like I’m suddenly political/ Told me shut my mouth and get my checks from Evangelicals…”
– Lecrae, “Facts”
What we don’t need is people saying, “just stick to the gospel” when the true followers of Yeshua/Jesus Christ spoke out against all kinds of injustices.Speaking against injustices is not a “social gospel”Click To Tweet (Ezek. 16:49-50, Lev. 19:33-34, Isa. 1:7, James 1:27, 2:1-9, Psalm 82:3, Amos:5:11, Isa. 10:1-2, Isa 59).
What we don’t need is white evangelicals speaking of the plight of African Americans, or anyone of African descent just so it can be reduced to a hashtag, so you can feel like you accomplished something in the eyes of your fellow Christians.Our faith requires us to be active. And don’t just apologize. Understand and mobilize.Click To Tweet
What we don’t need is white evangelicals sending out black uncle Tom henchman pastors and teachers to derail the “field negros” rocking African garb involved with a woke church. We know there will always be a Judas amongst us.
I pray you receive these words with love and not hate. I will not let what I’m doing with urban apologetics side track me from addressing the western church’s historic maliciousness and racisms. Understand me and let’s build if you feel offended. These kind of essays will be necessary every now and then as an urban apologist.
Grace and peace!