Why I Will Not Attend A Racial Reconciliation Religious/Church Service–revised
Edited and revised from an earlier blog post.
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh — who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” NKJV.
There are several reasons I will not attend a racial reconciliation religious or church service, and the very first one is that most of the people promoting this whole idea are either willfully ignorant of the Scriptures, or they are trying to manipulate some group within the crowd to see how they have done more wrong than anyone else, and no matter what, they must still, at least figuratively, pay up. Yet I don’t know any Whites who ever owned a Black slave, and I don’t know any Blacks who were slaves, unless they came to the USA from a Muslim nation. With that said, let me elaborate.
I see an unbiblical trend in the Body of Christ today that is, more often than not, promoted by denominational leaders and consultants with their advisory committees, whether religious or secular in orientation. That trend is that a church body must be homogeneous, that is of one race, ethnicity, or social economic status. This material is easy to find in the writings of the so-called “church growth experts” like C. Peter Wagner, Bob Buford, and anyone affiliated with Leadership Network. This is an unbiblical, even anti-biblical, teaching.
The homogeneous principle of the church is that we are one in Jesus Christ. There is no other biblical principle of homogeneity. This is why biblical churches have a mixture of races and classes in the congregation. I’ve been in churches where you have bikers in leather sitting next to businessmen in Armani suits, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Whites mingled in the same row of seats, and those who have PhD’s sitting next to those who didn’t finish high school, and so forth. This is the way a biblical church functions because it is made up of those who come from the community and the surrounding area, regardless of who they are.
Yet today, and I have personally attended some of these meetings, church leaders are told to target one group to build their church, whether its young families, business people, academicians, the wealthy, the poor, or some particular racial or ethnic group. Let me say that such advice is not only unbiblical, but Satanic. It does not unite people in the Truth, rather it divides people, who usually then only get pieces of the Truth. After all, we wouldn’t want to offend anyone. This is why I detest the church growth movement. It has served to divide people, rather than unite them in Christ.
Secondly, these services usually serve to beat up on one group or another, rather than telling the congregation we have a responsibility to walk in the love and truth of Jesus Christ toward each other, so that we can be an example and a positive influence for Christ on a sinful and divided world of unbelieving pagans. They almost never deal with the fact that the problems in society are not racism, poverty, crime, drugs, drunkenness, or any of the other things about which we might pontificate or wax eloquent. The problem is sin. Why don’t the races and classes get along with each other? Because they are lost sinners. Pagans who need Jesus Christ. How can we expect the races to get along with each other, when the races can’t even get along with themselves? Having been born in 1955, I’m old enough to remember hearing and reading things about the Jim Crow laws in the South, and knowing some who lived under those laws. I can also remember hearing racial epithets used regularly by some, and Whites weren’t the only ones doing it, no matter what the liars in control of our colleges, government, and religious institutions are trying to tell young people today. I will also add that while I sometimes heard those in the older generations of my family occasionally use some slurs, that was a different time with different expectations. Nevertheless, I was always taught to treat all people the same as I wanted them to treat me, regardless of skin color, and my friends of different races were always welcomed in my home, and treated courteously and respectfully.
Third, the issue of the sin and lostness of pagans and self-righteous religious people as the primary problem is almost never driven home, and sometimes isn’t even mentioned. Yes, self-righteous church people are just as lost as the pagan getting drunk at the corner bar. Instead, they talk about social justice, which knowing the history of the modern social justice movement, I can assure is not justice, but socialism or worse. I’m all for equal treatment under the law, and I know the USA has failed to live up to that Ideal in many ways through the years, but we have done more to right the wrongs than any nation on earth. In fact, the mandatory sentencing guidelines that are giving such unduly harsh sentences to Blacks and other minorities for relatively minor offenses were ordered in the 1990’s, and it’s time to review, and perhaps change, those guidelines. But this is rarely ever mentioned because it might be perceived as political, and Blacks and minorities might have to face the fact that Democrats have not been the friends of minorities they’ve been led to believe they are. Jesus Christ dealt with the political and the spiritual, and we should too.
Fourth, these meetings usually consist of a lot of high minded platitudes, and blame, but they are usually short on everyone’s need to daily walk in repentance and the spirit of reconciliation spoken of in Ephesians 2:11-22. Not just for this sin, but for all sin. As someone who is of both White and American Indian heritage, I can tell you that I have experienced prejudice, bigotry, and even outright racism as well. Although it has happened only rarely, it still makes you angry. Some of those experiences were with Whites, others were with Blacks, Hispanics, or Asians. So let’s cut the nonsense that only White people can be bigots because it’s utter garbage. Racism is ugly and sinful, regardless whom it is coming from, or to whom it is directed. On the other side of this equation, I’ve been fortunate to have many friends of many different races and ethnicities, and I think I’m a richer person because of it. In fact, my immediate family (my children, in-laws, and grandchildren) has White, Black, and Hispanic bloodlines in it, some of those came into our family through adoption, others are biologically related, and some married into the family. I love, and would die for, any or all of them. So if I seem testy on this issue of racial reconciliation, it’s because I’ve lived it, and I don’t care to hear ignorant people trying to teach me something about which they know nothing either biblically, or in any experiential way. By the way, God recognizes only Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-22). Jews come in all skin tones. And if you’re not a Jew, then you’re a Gentile, regardless of skin tone!
Fifth, as for being reconciled to people in daily life, that is a two-way street. You can, and should, be respectful toward others, but if they want no part of having peace and reconciliation with you, then you are powerless to force it upon them. Does anyone seriously think that a Black, White cop hating, Muslim desires to be part of that reconciliation in Christ. Does anyone think that the racist and Neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter group wants to be part of any reconciliation in Jesus Christ? No. it won’t work. Or can we seriously believe that White supremacists like the Neo-Nazi’s, KKK, or White Identity groups of any kind want reconciliation with non-Whites, or with Whites who do want reconciliation with non-Whites? That’s absurd, and again it will not work! People have to want peace and reconciliation, and their sin is their fault, not mine!
I propose that, biblically, any professing Christian who says they are not reconciled with all races and ethnicities is either not really saved, or does not understand biblical racial reconciliation. That is a positional matter of being IN Christ. In Christ we ARE reconciled to one another. On a practical note, it takes two to tango, and no racists or true Muslims will be likely to participate. Other pagans who will participate do so with a distorted understanding of what reconciliation means. While even pagans can know a degree of peace and harmony with others, there can be no true reconciliation apart from Jesus Christ. Again, their sin and hatred is not my fault, but their own. We each bear the responsibility for our own sin. I can tell you that this country is more racially divided now than at any time since the 1960’s through the early 1970’s. Thank you Barack Obama and the political and religious left. This didn’t start with the election of President Donald Trump. It was fomented for eight years by President Barack Obama. The idea and definition of racism is now so perverted that President Trump insisting we enforce our immigration laws is considered “racist.” What utter rubbish. Those who do not want our laws enforced are anarchists who have been trying for decades to destroy this country, its Constitution, and its culture. With Barack Obama, they thought they had achieved their goal, and they almost did. With Donald Trump, some of Obama’s edicts are being turned back and revoked, and the Leftists, Democrats, and globalist Republicans are losing their collective minds over it. Even though we have seen the anarchist and antichrist agenda slowed to taking baby steps, do not be deceived into thinking that America is truly reversing course. We now see so-called churches promoting every form of evil, just like secular society. While I expect it from our secular society, it should not be the case with the Bride of Christ. I do not believe what some in the church believe, that we are going to “take America back.” Back from what? Back from whom? The problems we face are bigger than any politician or political party. The only real hope for America’s future is for the Church of Jesus Christ to get back to the business of preaching the biblical Gospel, and making disciples (Mathew 28:18-20). And much of the so-called “church” in America is preaching everything but the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On a final note, I have every right according to the Bible and the USA Constitution to defend my family, should someone try to harm them. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” NKJV. I believe that includes providing for their safety, as well as for their general welfare. The current level of violence and anarchy in this country has brought us to a place where we once again have to consciously be aware of our surroundings, to consider where we go, what time we go, whether or not we go alone, and what measures we are going to take to secure our homes, persons, and property. Sadly, we now have to contemplate the possible need to use deadly force to secure our person and possessions. Fortunately, I currently live in a very rural part of my state where most people haven’t gotten caught up in the insanity, but I do go to a bigger town for work, and into the cities for church, shopping, and other activities. Thankfully, the folks I interact with at church, work, and in commerce, regardless of skin color or ethnicity, have not fallen for the lies and insanity being promoted by the dominant media culture. However, the violence in Springfield, Missouri has risen to a place where it is the most violent city in Missouri if you remove the statistics for murder from the equation. That means that while you’re most likely to be murdered in Saint Louis, Missouri, and more like to be murdered in Kansas City, Missouri than in Springfield, Missouri, you are more likely to be the victim of violent assault in Springfield, Missouri than in either Kansas City or Saint Louis. There’s clearly a lack of “reconciliation” with our fellow man taking place in our communities. Solution: Repent!