Woke churches are jumping headfirst into the pit dug for them by Marxist activists with an anti-America, anti-family, and (obviously) anti-God agenda.
And they’ll be doing it in the name of ‘doing good’ along explicitly racial lines.
In the wake of the social justice movement and George Floyd protests, several US religious groups have declared they will devote millions to racism-related reparations, particularly among long-established Protestant churches that were active in the era of slavery.
Many of these churches are now weighing how to make amends through financial investments and long-term programs benefiting African Americans.
Among them are the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, which acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder, and a New York City Episcopal church, which erected a plaque noting the building’s creation in 1810 was made possible by wealth resulting from slavery.
In addition, the Minnesota Council of Churches cites a host of injustices, from mid-19th century atrocities against Native Americans to police killings of Black people, in launching a first-of-its kind ‘truth and reparations’ initiative engaging its 25 member denominations.
The Episcopal Church has been the most active major denomination thus far, and others, including the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, are urging congregations to consider similar steps.
Some major denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, have not embraced reparations as official policy. —DailyMail
Nor should they.
There are all kinds of reasons for that. For one thing, it was the Church — specifically — that provided the moral framework and organizational push that ended slavery to begin with. It wasn’t a secular ‘rights’ movement that fought for the rights of the downtrodden slaves and elevated their status from mere ‘chattel’ to brothers and sisters made in the image of Almighty God.
We all live in the world as it is, not as we wish it was.
It is foolish for churches to exchange the primary work of the gospel for the secondary work of doing good in the world.
-US religious groups are pledging to spend millions on racism reparations
-The money will go to financial investments and long-term programs benefiting African Americans
-Long-established Protestant churches are particularly active in this effort
-Churches in Texas and New York City revealed they were built through wealth accumulated through the practice of slavery
-The largest Episcopal pledge has come from the Diocese of Texas, which is allocating $13million to long-term programs
Methodist and Lutheran churches are also considering creating reparations —DailyMail
The church has a primary mandate and mission, which — by extension — creates a body of people from which it’s secondary mandates in the member believers can be fulfilled.
The primary mission is the gospel, reconciling man to God, and raising up a people both called by His name and conforming to His will.
Such a people have, historically, carried out the secondary missions of the church including what we might now call ‘charity’ or mercy missions.
Done in their proper context, these have never been political acts motivated by activism, but compassionate acts motivated by love and a changed heart.
When you try to accomplish the WORK of compassionate service without the correct heart, the work has an improper foundation and will become something foreign to the work of the Church… anything from a business venture, to a social club, to an activist group.
MLK made an enormous difference in changing his world, making life better for — but it was an explicitly Christian undertaking.
Should we be sensitive to the needs of the hurting in our communities? Absolutely… regardless of their racial component.
Should we help those who are lagging behind and struggling because of poverty, bad schools, or living in dangerous neighborhoods?
The Minnesota initiative also seeks to address social justice concerns of African Americans and Native Americans in a unified way.
‘For so long these have been two separate camps – Indigenous people and African Americans felt they are competing against each other for the same limited resources,’ said the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, a Native American who is the church council´s director of racial justice.
‘Racial Justice’ is an activist term, not a Christian one… one that is rooted in ideology, not theology.
A church that has anyone employed in a position of ‘director of racial justice’ should rethink whether there is any room in their organization for Christ whatsoever.
The justice that activists speak of is rooted in subjective, political oppressed/oppressor narratives, not in objective divine moral mandates under which we are all found guilty and in need of a single, unifying Savior.
You can only serve one god, folks. And the secular activist one offers no grace nor forgiveness for past misdeeds… only a finger of blame, and a demand for ‘retribution’.
Don’t think that the retribution they are offered this time will every be enough to cancel out the debt they think themselves owed.
Worse still, any expression of kindness or goodwill offered to anyone with this jaded attitude will be entirely ungrateful for it.
They will not be looking at a willing act of kindness offered in Christian love, they will be looking at being given ‘their due’, and eyeing the giver as to whether they might be holding something back that they ought not.
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