October 04, 2016

The Uncowed Pastor

First Things editor R.R. Reno comments on race here:
In recent decades, the white educated class in America has become minutely trained in racial matters. We’ve developed all sorts of code words and scripts to signal our purity. The less educated—and demotic personalities like Trump—often run afoul of this etiquette. For instance, some journalists cite Donald Trump’s mangling of the name of the new African-American heritage museum in Washington as a sign of his race “problem.”...

Today there is a strong consensus in our educated class that careful and delicate talk about racial matters, as well as other explosive topics, is indispensable for social harmony. The strength of this consensus is one reason why educated white Republicans find Trump discomforting. They worry he will damage the fragile gains of recent decades and stoke racial animosity...

Are we really going to change racial dynamics in American with community-based policing and multicultural sensitivities? Perhaps. But white Americans find race a dangerous topic. We do our best not to think about it, one way or another. In an odd way, therefore, this remarkable moment—one candidate accusing another candidate of the cardinal sin of American public life [racism]—may be inconsequential. Most blacks have already made up their minds about racism in America. Most whites are so paralyzed by fear of moral turpitude that they speak (and think) about racism in highly ritualized ways that don’t connect with anything substantial in their outlooks or lives.
Which makes the following post by a local white pastor all the more impressive for his willingness to "go there":
It seems like God is using the news to get our attention, again.  The question is will we recognize the message?  The troubles in the black community should get and hold our attention.  Is there any population in our country that is under more duress (admittedly much of it self-inflicted) than the black community?  There is more violence, poorer schools, a weaker family structure, higher unemployment, more abortion clinics, higher drug use and on and on.  The controversy over the phrase "Black lives matter" is probably missing an obvious, prophetic point.  I believe the black community is a special target of Satan because they have a crucial, God-ordained role to play in the flourishing of our nation.  The black community is a gift from God to our nation and the trouble they face, I believe, reflects their special place, that Satan recognizes but we often don't, in God's plan for our country.  Could the black community be a "Joseph" among us?  "On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable", says Paul (1 Corinthians 12:23).  Jesus said, "the last will be first".  There are riches from God invested in the black community which we (and they) fail to see.  The fact we are all so blind to this is just par for the course.  I believe God is trying to awaken our nation to recognize the assault of the Enemy of our souls on our brothers and sisters in the black community.  I urge every follower of Jesus to make the black community in our nation a special focus of fasting and prayer until there is a breakthrough and turning point in this national tragedy.  "Jesus looked at the crowds and had compassion (not contempt!) on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:36-38).  Lord, awaken us and help our brothers and sisters who are suffering.  Use us in whatever way possible to see this tragic situation reversed until the black community across our nation is flourishing in every sense of the word.  Have mercy on us, Jesus.

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