John C. Richards, Jr., a self-described "Christian person of color," is expressing concern over the potential impacts the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. His dissatisfaction with Kavanaugh's nomination seems to be proffered in such a way as to suggest that black Christians are, or should be, primarily, if not solely, concerned about matters that subjectively fall under the ever-expanding and ambiguous banner of "social justice."
For the only way to objectively determine if this multiethnic vision that the 11 o'clock hour on Sunday morning no longer remains "the most segregated hour in America", if that's the case at all, is by visually observing and monitoring how many people of varying shades of melanin are occupying the pews on any given Sunday morning.
The hostility, acrimony, malice, and hatred we harbor toward one another is a direct and tangible result of the enmity that resides in our hearts toward God.
There is a sense today in which the word evangelical has become something of an ethnic pejorative within the church in America. Needless to say, this ought not to be the case among those who confess the name of Christ (1 Thess. 4:9). As sinful as it is to discriminate against one of God's image bearers on the basis of his or her ethnicity, it is no less sinful to misconstrue or misapply an aspect of one's identity as a Christian to advance or promote a particular ideological narrative or agenda.
At the heart of the Christian message is that humanity is innately sinful and in desperate need of spiritual redemption.
Believers who think Christianity needs to be made cool are misguided.
Christ understood what many of us do not – that our fundamental problem isn't the systems or structures under which we live as a society. They are merely symptoms of the problem.
Unlike most social justice activists, I happen to not subscribe to the idea of "race" as an aspect of human identity.
There is great emphasis being placed today by Christian social justice activists on remediating the adverse effects of historical and contemporary injustices, particularly as it relates to its generational impact on people of color in America.
Notwithstanding the myriad reasons professional athletes in America are protesting the national anthem, President Trump, law enforcement officers, the military, or other social, civil, or political issue, entity, or individual, there appears to be a certain degree of naivety connected with the stated goals and objectives of these demonstrations.
As I continue to scan the landscape of social justice-labeled activities that are said to be carried out "in the name of" Christ, I've noticed many Christian activists have a tendency to proffer to the world an image of Jesus that is tantamount to that of a sanctified social worker, a holy humanitarian, an exalted egalitarian.
Since the founding in 1773 of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia — the oldest black church in all of North America — the church has served as both the soul and heartbeat of social and political consciousness for black Christians in America.
There is a movement afoot, particularly within black evangelical circles, to extol, if not exalt, social justice as the raison d'etre, that is, the most important reason and purpose, of the church today.