We’ve witnessed some watershed moments recently, at least online, that have catapulted the social justice movement relatively into irreconcilable divides. If you’re not paying attention to social media lately, especially Twitter, you’re probably not seeing what has transpired.
Recently, many of those who openly profess anti-white sentiments and are in favor of the SJW movement, have put all their cards on the table in response to the deadly shooting at a California Synagogue resulting in the death of Lori Kaye, and the injuries of many others. The alleged shooter, John Earnest, was raised in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA. Many are calling his supposed ‘kinist’ upbringing and ‘white supremacy’ to blame. Like the death of blacks at the hands of white cops, this tragedy is being used as an example to legitimize anti-white vitriolic speech and outright Anglo-hatred within the Christian church.
Though vague and broad in their speech some of these individuals, such as Dr. Anthony Bradley for example, have plainly stated that in light of the incident mentioned above ‘kinism’ and ‘white supremacy’ are both especially rampant within “White Calvinism” or White Reformed churches. This being stated within the context of his other harmful statements such as “(white) evangelicals have never had the gospel”. This hate-filled language, spewed by individuals such as Kyle Howard, Thabiti Anyabwile, Jemar Tisby, Mika Edmonson, etc., is not only totally acceptable by most but is being praised by many. These are all folks who claim Christ as Lord.
There is no room for this type of treatment of individuals, based solely on their skin color or theological standing, from people who call themselves Christians. If your allegiance is primarily to an ethnic group, whether African, European, or Asian, over and against your allegiance to the body of Christ and you spend your time bashing a particular group, then I’m going to question the legitimacy of your profession of faith. I am (as many others are as well) fed up with this type of rhetoric within the Christian Church and I will tolerate it no longer. There are many others who agree with the tone, purpose, and point of the writings and/or refuse to stand against it. But it’s clear to me that these hurtful messages are really quite dangerous because it is intentionally dividing the body up into factions and not allowing for the helpful conversations of actual widespread issues.
The Bible is very clear about how we should treat people, whether they’re an enemy (perceived or actual) or a brother in the faith. It is also clear (as been said many times) about how deal with conflicts and disputes. Paul says to the church in Ephesus “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Eph 4:31-5:2).” I know I need to be reminded of this text when I read the words of folks like Brad Mason, who named many godly men as defenders of ‘white supremacy’, and my immediate response is anything but kind or tenderhearted.
The constant battering of white people, from telling them to dissent of their ‘whiteness’ or calling them out for ‘white fragility’, completely mimics the culture. If you’ve joined this bandwagon out of some terribly misguided response to a bad experience or a held stereotype, or just a flawed view in the doctrine of men; I implore you to stop and gently ask your friends to stop as well. As a Christian, search the Scriptures and see for yourself that this behavior is absolutely of the devil; it is of the flesh and not at all of the Spirit. We need not treat each other as the world expects us but be the example by putting others before ourselves, upholding the law, and act as brothers and sisters unimaginably blessed and forgiven, loving God and each other in Christ’s namesake forever. Amen?