Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve gotta be aware of the still-festering racial divide in this country.
Every Black life matters. God created each one of them and God proclaims each one created by Him to be equal to every other one of His creations. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “We all may have come to this country on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” 328 million of us and we’re all paddling upstream without paddles. The divide couldn’t become more rancorous.
I believe the church–the building down the street with a huge empty parking lot and big steeple and a blinking sign that proclaims “JESUS SAVES” in big black letters is asleep.
The church seems to be non-committal and unaffected by the deep-seeded social issues dividing our culture like abortion and homosexuality and racism and our disintegrating society and culture.
I don’t see the church or feel the impact of any efforts to directly or even tangentially influence these ills with the Gospel of Christ at all. For the most part, in my view they are silent. According to Dr. King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. 862,320 abortions were performed in 2017. That matters. And where does the church land on abortion? When’s the last time you heard a rousing sermon on what the church is doing to address this travesty with the word of God or the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
And God’s word is crystal clear about what God’s word (God, not the Supreme Court)
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and various other references.
Dr. King said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor political nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Why has the church chosen to be silent and so non-committal in such volatile times like these?
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Thank you, Steve, for your good, thoughtful post. I have discovered dark corners of racism within me, and I believe this is also true of many who claim Christianity. The church universal has always been more tactical than strategic, and more activity-oriented than results-oriented. To make a real commitment as individuals and organizations we cannot be silent, and we must think bigger than “inviting children from the other side of town to VBS.”
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Wonderfully accurate and thoughtful response. Thank yiu my friend