I think if things are ever going to look different it has to start in the Church. I just recently heard a teacher speak on the topic of Race and even though her heart was in the right place and her intentions were to encourage unity, little did she know she accomplished the exact opposite!! It broke my heart and actually started a fire within me. Everything she said was so off and felt so wrong! My heart was beating so hard I thought it was going to come out of my chest. After the lecture was over, as insecure as I felt, I chose to speak with the teacher about some of the things that did not sit right with me. She thanked me and then intellectually justified things. As I drove home that morning the frustration inside of me grew and grew.
Either the Church does not understand the theology of race or, not even realizing it, they have adapted to the cultures way of thinking including the terminology. We cannot expect unity if we think or act like the culture. Think back to how you learned about Race?? School, movies, TV? I know as a kid I did not learn from the Church. The images I saw and the terminology that was used only created another generation of segregation. So incredibly sad!! Thankfully I have come across some amazing pastors who have exposed the very poor teaching and proclaimed biblical truth.
There are some topics I really wish we heard the Church discuss more...Education, Race, and Adoption. Very very important topics to the Church!
This video is such a great example of why even the church is slow to change in the topic of Race. Segregation was accepted in the Church. I hear my dad talk about growing up in it. My Grandfather himself was very racist. The crazy thing is, the Bible taught the same thing then as it does now. What was up with these pastors back then and even now??? Seriously, THE CULTURE SUCKS and we the Church NEED TO WAKE UP!!!!!!!!
Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.
For parents out there who desire to teach their children the truth about Race I highly recommend Answers in Genesis. Search their site, so many great things for kids. The girls and I are going through this right now and it's GREAT!!!
Here is a short video, right to the point..