In surveying the current socio-cultural landscape in America, it seems increasing numbers of individuals are either identifying as social justice activists or aspire to be one. What began with the protestations of one individual over perceived systemic "racial" injustices being perpetrated against black people, primarily by those who occupy certain positions of authority (e.g. police … Continue reading Why ‘Racism’ Isn’t Wrong
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. I will speak more to that in a moment. But let me say, parenthetically, that by 'injustice' I'm referring … Continue reading The Struggle for Social Justice is a Struggle with Ourselves
Located on one of the most historic streets in the United States, particularly for black Americans, Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta, stands the venerable Big Bethel AME Church. "Big Bethel", as it is affectionately and reverently known, was founded in 1847, the same year educator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass began publishing his anti-slavery newspaper The … Continue reading Is the Gospel No Longer Enough for Black Christians?
"The business of Christianity is not simply to make us feel happier or even to make us live a better life, it is to reconcile us to God." - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones 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 … Continue reading How ‘Woke Theology’ is Weakening the Black Church
God's benevolences are always accompanied by His boundaries.
Much is being said today about the so-called wealth gap that purportedly exists among black households and white households in America. I say purportedly not to deny that such a divide exists - it does - but to highlight that the very term wealth gap is inherently misleading, as it assumes that such imparity is … Continue reading A Biblical Theology of the Black-White “Wealth Gap”
According to a CBS News article a controversy has arisen regarding the decision by the "Great Tornado" marching band of Talladega College, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Talladega, Alabama, to participate in the inauguration parade of President-Elect Donald J. Trump on January 20. At first glance it would be easy to … Continue reading Why the Talladega College Band Should March in the Trump Inauguration Parade