Two recommended reads that are a response to the Neo-Nazi riot and demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. Russell Moore writes an article for the Washington Post asking if the church is angry about white supremacy. Then a former pastor in Washington State writes about how pastors need to speak about racism. If they are not then they need to pass the microphone to someone else.
“The church should call white supremacy what it is: terrorism, but more than terrorism. White supremacy is Satanism. Even worse, white supremacy is a devil-worship that often pretends that it is speaking for God. White supremacy angers Jesus of Nazareth. The question is: Does it anger his church?“
Russell Moore in the Washington Post “
“There are a lot of churches that claim to be biblical, but the people who attend them never have their perspectives challenged. I don’t care who you are or where you stand politically; the gospels will confront you. We talk like Scripture is a double-edged sword, and act like it’s a text book. But it’s nitroglycerin, and every time we handle it, we should be in danger of having our worldview blown up. Too many churchgoers think that it’s the church’s role to confront those on the outside. They’re the ones that need Jesus, right? Just because we’ve decided to align ourselves with Jesus doesn’t undo our enculturation. When it comes to our politics and perspectives, churches are too full of people who have reconciled the irreconcilable.”
Mark 11:17 NIV
Russell Moore from Wikipedia
I am working on a post but I read a couple of articles that I wanted to highlight and feature. Russell Moore wrote an article for the Washington Post the other day that is called, “Russell Moore: White supremacy angers Jesus, but does it anger his church?” In it Moore takes on the church and asks if the church is angry over white supremacy? Russell Moore wrote this in response to the Neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is another good article that is being passed around on Twitter that also is worth reading. Jayson Bradley resides in the Bellingham, Washington area. He’s a former pastor who now works in marketing and business. In his bio Jayson writes that he has learned more from his failures than his success. In his article that is a response to Charlottesville Jayson states that its time pastors talk about racism in the evangelical church. In the process he states that the church needs more prophets. His article is called “Pastors: If You’re Not Speaking Up, It’s Time to Hand Off the Mic.” I will have another article up shortly I just need to go to the Manassas battlefield in the morning and take a picture. You’ll see why when the post goes up. That’s it guys, know that I love you.