It has been some time since my last post because as said I kind of have a lot going on. I have gone back and forth on how I wanted to talk about this current post, and now that life has cleared up a little bit I have been able to give it the attention it deserves. Some of you probable read the title and thought this was going to be scandalous or perhaps more adult than I usually write. A lot of my life is spent in a Christian environment, and I have been led to believe that means a majority of the people I am surrounded by in some way profess Christianity as their faith. For me, this does not mean I need to keep my life G-rated all the time. I don’t try to pretend that the world is all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, I would argue that the Bible tells us over and over again not to have this type of outlook.
About a year ago I wrote a post about my perspective as a white male in America. I attempted to address some racial issues as someone who in no way claims white superiority. The United States has a long history of systemic racism and is still currently dealing with it. This past week the country saw racism in full force not just 3 hours from where I live. To say that I am upset or disappointed would be to say the sky is blue. I was deeply hurt by the people who marched and chanted Nazi slogans as if it were an okay thing to do. I watched the video of the people who got run over by the car of man who truly hated them for no other reason than the color of their skin. It was evil.
In America, we gratefully enjoy our right to freedom of speech. This is protected by our Constitution, and it allows people to say most things without any consequence. Please don’t take this to mean that I am endorsing what was said, but technically people in America can say racist things without legal ramifications. I do not believe they should say those things. I think this country needs to learn from its past and figure out that racism is wrong and shouldn’t be tolerated. More specifically, the church needs to vocally disavow any of these types of ideals. Life is not sugar coated. We as Christians need to address these issues instead of shying away from them. I have seen many Christian leaders begin to speak against it, but why is it just beginning? This has been a known issue, but because it is a hard issue to speak about in church it gets ignored. Some may think that it is obvious to not be racist, but I think the 200 hundred years of this country’s existence proves otherwise. Something should not be ignored just because it is tough. If things weren’t tough then they wouldn’t be worth doing. Having a discussion about the real problems allows for change.
I said I live my life in a mostly Christian environment. This environment is probably similar to ones Christians across the country live in. It is time for these environments to talk about the real issues at hand. I am not saying just do a prayer in church for those affected. We are all affected! Every time racism is allowed to continue the church bleeds. These issues are not fun to talk about. But, life is not always fun. Life is tough and dirty, and the God we claim to follow knows that best. He died on a cross, mostly naked, and covered in blood so that each and every human regardless of race may have the opportunity to know Him. To legitimize racism is to say that not everyone can know God. If you claim that then you are the problem.
“A claim of white superiority is not merely wrong, and not merely deadly. It is a denial of the glory of God in creating humanity—every single human being–in his own image. It is a rejection of God’s glory in creating a humanity of different skin pigmentation. It is a misconstrual of God’s judgment and glory in creating different ethnicities.
Most urgently, it is a rejection of the gospel of Christ–the great good news of God’s saving purpose in the atonement accomplished by Christ. A claim of racial superiority denies our common humanity, our common sinfulness, our common salvation through faith in Christ, and God’s purpose to create a common new humanity in Christ.” -Albert Mohler