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After Lemonade: The Future of Black Christians in the Diaspora

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  1. Kara says:

    Thank you, Dr McCaulley, for a thoughtful and moving post. I am touched that you would recognize the 19 percenters and honor us with the title of ‘coalition of the willing.’ I hear your struggle among hard choices, and my heart beats with yours. Lord, let there be a coalescing of the willing, for the encouragement of the saints and for your Name to be glorified.

  2. Thomas W. says:

    “We must have a vision of the body of Christ that takes each person as an individual and doesn’t write off all our white brothers and sisters in Christ.

    I propose that we partner with the 19 percent (assuming that we can break things down that neatly, which I doubt). ”

    In the span of two sentences you go from an excellent approach in treating people as individuals to then not treating people as individuals. Is this a red flag that perhaps this proposal is entirely misguided?

    Imagine if after Obama won, the shoe fell on the other foot, and white evangelicals decided they were only going to work with the 5% of African Americans that agree with them? The other 95%* can’t shop at their lemonade stand. Would you think that that reeks a bit of self righteousness and prejudice?

    So I have a proposal. I recommend no longer defining yourselves as a response to a percentage of a demographic that regardless of accuracy in your judgment leads to a poor and unChristlike attempt at reconciliation. Forget the 81%. Let go of the 19%. This framework/world view limits and binds you to placing your value of others and yourself according to your beliefs, and not in Christ in the first place. (We all do this, as one of the hardest things is being able to separate our value as human beings from what we believe). Love the people (yes even that 81%) even if you disagree with them. Pursue them, even if it hurts. There is no Jew or Greek. There is no 80% of any racial group that we get the privilege to ignore and reject their fellowship.

    And if you need an example of what this looks like, it looks like Kanye’s efforts over the last couple of weeks. Validating and loving people whether he agrees with them or not. Pursuing relationships and partnerships that aren’t bound by what the narrative, media, world or other projects he should only pursue. Step past 2016. Don’t let it be a stumbling block. Don’t let it be the excuse.

    There isn’t a better time than now. Don’t miss the golden opportunity there is. I’m pleading this and begging for it from the Witness, because it should be Christians who more than any others can do this. You can entirely shift the culture, systems, etc within the next 10 years if instead of polarizing and excluding a demographic, you embrace them. This is how walls break down. This is how real change can occur.

  3. David Edwards says:

    As a young white Christian male searching for a church that my wife and I believe in, this speaks to me so much.

    While searching, we attended a comfortable, well-organized, virtually all white church one week, and then attended a black church with maybe 10 people, with us being the only white people, the next week. The tension between the cultures and trying to find where we belong is quite palpable to me in this season of our lives.

    How can we, proudly part of the 19%, help pave the way for racial reconciliation in such a heavily segregated church culture?

  4. John Shelton says:

    Thank you so much for this.

  5. Lpadron13 says:

    I am 51.
    First generation Cuban American.
    My great grandfather was black.
    Relatives back in Cuba are black.
    I was raised a spanish speaker in a predominantly southern-white area of South Florida.
    The churches I’ve been in have all been predominantly white evangelical ones.

    Often, I have no idea what RAAN contributors are getting at or are tying to accomplish.

    This is one such piece.

    The sense of alienation is palpable as is the desire to be in fellowship with white evanglical bretheren.

    I suggest the sense of alienation is out of whack; out of proportion.

    As one who travels in “white christian spaces” as something of a 3rd party observer between black and white believers and seeing the latter bend over backwards to atone for sins they didn’t commit I wonder exactly what is being sought here. What will satisfy?

    1. Jocelyn says:

      “Often, I have no idea what RAAN contributors are getting at or are tying to accomplish.”

      If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

      I often wonder why people who make comments like yours even read this blog. Your understanding is not necessary to validate the author’s or anyone else’s point of view. Try building up something you believe in rather than tearing down something that your life experiences don’t allow you to understand.

  6. Jim schaubroeck says:

    Esau – Thank you for your insightful post. I am of the 19 percent. As a 58yo white guy raised in a largely racist or ambivalent context, I have a deep burden for my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Please count me among the coalition of the willing. I’m reading, learning, praying, and networking. Keep fighting the good fight, and please know that there are many of us who desire to see biblical justice prevail, and God glorified by our love and unity.

  7. h l munsey says:

    i think you black preachers need to talk to tony evans. i’m black and i have been attending a ‘reformed protestant’ church for the the past 6 years. and i have been a distant member of ‘john macarthur’ and his radio ministry. and i’ve learned a lot. as i like the preaching of my 2 churches, there are a lot of social issues that i totally disagree with. and they will always preach that ‘certain garbage’. but JESUS CHRIST has ‘never’ given ANY RACE superiority over another. JESUS said ‘COME AND LEARN (OF) ME. when i first got saved, i was taught lies from both sides, blacks and whites. i compared everything to THE SOURCE, the TRIUNE GOD. i don’t live my life to please white people. i live my life to please my GOD&SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.. and may i add, if any issues come up in my life, that are racial or whatever, i will got through ‘every legal’ avenue to respond to such issues. that is not a sin. but it is a SIN for black people to live to try to make white people ‘accept’ us. THAT IS IDOLATRY, and that is a SIN. GOD SAID ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GOD’S BEFORE ME’.

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