Thank you to all who read my recent blog post on Racism, Baptists, and the NFL
Here is a quote about racism that I saw today and it was a blessing to me. It is a bit lengthy, but I hope you enjoy it.
“Separate but equal is a concept long ago rejected in jurisprudence – and rightly so. Would to God it would be rejected by the independent Baptist movement, as well.
“I do not care if you are a native-born citizen of the United States, a naturalized American, a legal visa holder, or an illegal immigrant: the ground is level at the foot of the cross. I do not care if you are Caucasian, Latino, Asian, African, Polish, Assyrian, Pinoy, Indian, Italian, German, Romanian, or Irish; the ground is level at the foot of the cross. I do not care if your 401K is maxed out for the year already or if all your cash is tied up in debt; the ground is level at the foot of the cross. I do not care if you have so many degrees behind your name that you could be a thermometer or if you spent the best three years of your life in the eighth grade; the ground is level at the foot of the cross. I do not care if you are tall or short, light or dark, rich or poor, educated or ignorant, respected or neglected, a dreamboat or a shipwreck; the ground is level at the foot of the cross. We will all get to Heaven the same way, and that is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We will all sing in the greatest choir in history, assembled with the millions on that glassy sea, facing that emerald rainbow-encircled throne. We will all walk the streets of gold and kneel prostrate at His feet. The ground is level at the foot of the cross.
No less an authority than our Savior Himself called for the church to be ethnically blind and completely united. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10.16)”
-quoted from Schizophrenic – A Diagnosis of the Independent Baptist Movement, Tom Brennan, pp. 247-248.
Can I again urge you to join me in standing against racism in the church? In mine and yours? Stop the racism. No racist jokes. No racial slurs. None of the kind. NONE AT ALL. Let’s repent of the error of our ways. Let’s again go into the whole world and let’s reach every ethnicity and disciple them and incorporate them into His church. Our church. Let’s stop the segregation in our Sunday Schools and junior churches. Let’s stop the sin of judging others based on the color of their skin or the lot of their life. Let’s instead love them and reach them and disciple them. My dear friends, let’s do it as Independent Baptists. Let’s correct the error of our ways. Let’s repent. Let’s change this error. The time has come and the time is now. This messed-up divided world needs us to do it. God commands us to do it. By God’s grace and God’s help, we can!
Thanks for reading.
Your sincere friend,
3 thoughts on “Racism and Baptists – Part 2”
Thanks for “going there” Dave! You are a blessing
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I didn’t see anything about the NFL in this post. What IFB churches still segregate their Sunday schools? I’ve never even heard of a church doing this in the last decade.
I’m in agreement that if this is happening it needs to stop. Is this really still happening?
Hey. Thanks for reading. This post wasn’t about the NFL, per se, but about racism, an issue that had been discussed because if their recent actions. Regarding the other matter you mentioned, many churches separate Sunday School between drive-in crowd and bus ministry crowd. Because the bus ministry crowd is often black or brown and the drive-in crowd is mostly white, combining rather than separating would integrate our Sunday School and junior church. In my opinion, that is needed from both sides.