White Supremacy Needs Black Redemption

White Supremacy Black Redemption
The Black church has intentionally taught generations of people how to persevere in the faith amid persecution and oppression. 

In recent months, diverse groups of Christian leaders have spoken up against injustices against people of color and other oppressed people within our society.

Beth Moore shared an open letter about the importance of women leaders and the misogyny and racism within American Evangelicalism. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also joined the great cloud of witnesses by taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s incitement of racism and his unjust, unethical, and immoral practices in his personal, public, and political life. When Beth Moore speaks, her posts go viral. When Russell Moore speaks, he gets featured on CNN. While I deeply appreciate when sisters and brothers like these use their platforms to influence and speak as the Holy Spirit pricks their hearts, I want us to also ask why the voices of the people of color who have been fighting the good fight and speaking against these same injustices for years, some for decades, go unheard?

White allies and sisters and brothers must acknowledge that when things are bad for White women in society and in the church, they are far worse for women of color. Allies, in their confessions and laments, must also use their platforms as an opportunity to elevate, sponsor, and share space with people of color who have been consistent in their witness and faithful in their work and convictions for years. Whenever the words “race” or “reconciliation” are mentioned within the Christian framework, I need the names and contributions of those like the Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, professor Drew G.I. Hart, Edward Gilbreath, LaTasha Morrison, and the Rev. Efrem Smith elevated.

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Book Review: Reconstructing the Gospel

Why I picked up this book:

Since I write book reviews, I often have the pleasure of receiving surprises like this one from various publishers in the mail. The title and book cover were both intriguing and I have come to trust the publisher, InterVarsity Press to discuss important topics with thoughtfulness and biblical integrity. In times like these, I really wanted to hear what the author, a white man, had to say on the topic.

Reconstructing the Gospel

Who Should Read Reconstructing The Gospel:

 

Anyone who considers themselves an evangelical should read this book. It is particularly important for those who worship in multi-ethnic churches or those who are seeking reconciliation and justice in our country.

What’s in Store for You:

This is a redemptive story about how the author, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, had to come to terms with the inconsistencies of the gospel message that was preached to him and was passed down from his parents. That gospel message was laced with white supremacy (a loaded phrase I know) but he shares honestly and thoughtfully about how that happens intentionally and subconsciously when you look at America’s history of injustice against people of color, and black people in particular.

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