How the Black Community Can Help Facilitate a Reconciliation with the Church
In my last post, I talked about how if the church really wants to fight racism it needs to first reconcile with the black community. The church talks about how racism is evil but does very little to actually work with the victims affected by said evil. I got a mixed response from the post as some fully agreed and some who asked, “What more can the church do?” Thats very question is a huge part of the problem as the church believes it’s done all it can do and thus no longer needs to try. That is a lie from Satan. You’d never hear the church say you know we’ve done all that we can to share the gospel with the world but many people still refuse to accept Christ so let’s just stop trying. So why is it ok for the church to say look we’ve done everything we can to support and reconcile with the black community but not every black person is responding positively to these efforts so we are going to stop trying. Jesus met resistance, even though He was without blame and the Savior of the world, but He never stopped trying to spread the good news. Yet, the church thinks they should stop trying to reach out to the black community because they meet resistance? Well, resistance should always be expected because unlike Jesus the church isn’t blameless or without fault when it comes to unfair treatment of black people in America. However, as much as the church is as fault the black community is as well.
Now it’s no secret that the church is predominantly white. Especially, mainstream Christianity and the Evangelical church which are dominated by white pastors, authors, leaders, and so on and so forth. As acts of racism directed at the black community increase the trusting of white people by the black community decreases. So if black people are trusting white people less and less and white people make up the majority of the church then consequently black people are trusting the church less and less. This causes those churches who are actively trying to reconcile with and support the black community to be at a disadvantage because most of their members are a certain color that just so happens to not be black. But if we the black community really want an ally in the fight against racism and if we really want the church to engage us, reconcile with us, and support us we are going to have to start trusting white people.
As black people, it is grossly unfair of us to blame and distrust the entire race of white people because of the evil actions of individuals whites. In doing so we are no better than the racist white people who think all black people are criminals because of the criminal acts of individual blacks. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Blaming and not trusting white people because they are white won’t save black lives or keep them out of prison. But you know what might? Working together with white people and working together with the church. I’m not saying we need to trust the white people in the hooded masks or the ones marching in streets I’m saying we need to trust the white people who want to be educated on our struggle and are trying to come along side of us and help and support us. So if a church is willing enough to go into our communities and ask how can we help we need to be willing to trust them even its members are mostly white.
I’ve seen white people who have tried to educate people in their circles on the sufferings of black people in America be crucified solely because they don’t know our struggle. Please black community hear me when I say this a white person does not need to know our struggle to know that our struggle is unfair and know that they want to help do something about it. Like it or not the white platform in America is significantly bigger than the black platform and the white voice receives far more attention than the black voice. So if there are white people willing to use their voice and platform to advocate for us and support us we need to allow them the opportunity to do so instead of berating them for not being a victim of or struggle. A doctor doesn’t have to personally experience a patient’s sickness to help them treat it. A counselor doesn’t have to personally experience a client’s addiction to help them recover from it. And the white people of a church don’t have to personally experience the struggle of black people to help and support them.
If we the black community really want to see things change in America we need to make sure we know exactly who are enemies are. They aren’t the church. They aren’t white people. They are two evil spirits. Hate and racism. And although these spirits can inhabit those in the church and those of the white race it does not mean they inhabit everyone in those spheres. So if we really want to see racial injustice cease and equality reign in America we must be willing to reconcile and unify with those within the church and of the white race who are willing to help and support our cause.