Southern Baptist pastor Randy White of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, says the pursuit of racial justice is not a “Gospel demand,” disagreeing with fellow Southern Baptist leader Matthew Hall who penned a blog post last week stating that seeking racial justice is indeed a Gospel demand.
“Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in barbaric violence that should cause all law-abiding citizens to demand the restoration of the rule-of-law, but the Evangelical world is preaching kum-ba-ya sermons about race-relations. I’ve gotta say, I just don’t get it,” said White in an op-ed posted to his website last Wednesday.
Hall, vice president of academic services at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, condemned racial injustice as a sin in a blog post last Tuesday on Canon & Culture, a project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
“The ERLC seems to be full-court press, all using the same talking points. You can read Russell Moore’s “Ferguson and the Path to Peace,” and Eric Mason’s “The Gospel, Race, and our Experiences” for more of the same. Each article basically says, “we don’t understand how blacks feel, so we should be slow in our judgment” and “the Kingdom brings us all together in one big, happy family, so let’s act like Kingdom people in a big, happy family.” Ed Stetzer, also a Southern Baptist, also joined the chorus, singing in harmony with the talking points,” said White.
“This statement is fraught with difficulty. If sin is ‘never confined to the orbit of individual choice or personal responsibility,’ is society to blame? Do the thugs looting businesses and burning police cars have a personal choice and responsibility for their actions? Are we wrong to say that the individuals of Ferguson riots have made a ‘personal choice’ and have a ‘responsibility for their actions?’ To blame society for a crime committed by an individual is soundly insane,” he continued.
“Further, is the penal system that is ‘overwhelmingly populated by young black men,’ unjust by virtue of the lack of racial balance in the prisons? What if there are more young black men in prison because more black men commit crimes? Do we need an affirmative action mechanism in our justice system in order to bring racial balance? It seems we live in a society (and have a religious denomination) in which one cannot speak this truth without receiving the ‘racist’ label,” he added.
“I would have to wonder if God Himself gets a pass, since even a cursory reading of Scripture would prove that He began elevating one branch of the family tree in Genesis 12 (arguably in Genesis 9), and only strengthened the elevation of that branch through the pages of Scripture. Was the Old Testament God somehow racist?” asked White.
“In summary, Matthew Hall clearly thinks there is a problem, though he never really tells us what it is, other than, ‘racial injustice.’ He did not give an example. I get the feeling the article was designed to elicit feelings of guilt on the part of whites for the sins of blacks. And that’s a feeling I typically get when Evangelicals talk about race,” White ended.
Good for him.
If only more Southern Baptists would be like him, and less like Russell Moore and the others, who seem to be embracing leftist thinking on racial matters, alas…