I’m used to the “Christian” Left prattling on about “social justice,” even as they advocate for the ultimate injustice of abortion to the child’s 1st breath, but now a lot of previously sound evangelicals are saying the same sorts of things. Justice and Gospel don’t need adjectives.
Here’s an example:
Ray Ortlund @rayortlund
Any church that refuses to face its past and pursue reconciliation is saying to every minority person, every victim of abuse, everyone whose past is a story of injury, “Our Jesus is so small, our pride is so big, we ignore the past. Do not expect to be understood here.”
What does that mean in practical terms? How about if we just welcome anyone who wants to know about God on his terms?
My response to Ortlund: Sorry to see a teacher like you succumb to political correctness. What does “pursue reconciliation” even mean when the victims and the perpetrators aren’t even around and are so vaguely defined? Your virtue signaling is nauseating. Just preach the Gospel.
Another good response:
Cultural Wind Sock Borg Retweeted Ray Ortlund
Please provide an exegetical defense of having to repent for sins you in no way participated in (i.e. generational guilt), or please stop. Ray is off the rails.
Booker T. Washington had the solution over 100 years ago.
There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
A dear friend is black, and, not surprisingly, her church is 100% black. I’ve been there several times for funerals. Should I have told them they aren’t diverse enough, even though they are solid on the Gospel?
Yes, I love to see all sorts of diversity in the church, as that can be an indication that everyone interested in being there on God’s terms is welcomed. But any church putting quotas, “social justice,” “the social gospel” or anything of the like in front of the real Gospel needs to stop.
Just preach the Gospel. Everything else is a distraction.