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Endurance for a Slow Reconciliation

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  1. Kennon Wigley says:

    Thank you, Dante. I am thankful for your heart for reconciliation and your confidence of its ultimate accomplishment. I appreciate your patience. Still, I pray it will come about soon!
    Thank you again, Dante!

  2. Claude Ball says:

    Love this perspective and encouraging words Dante. I have been feeling the same thing and it’s been very hard to watch churches get burnt out because superficial changes towards reconciliation hasn’t been satisfying enough for minority members. It’s also been hard with waiting for my white brothers and sisters to have enough conversations for them to get it and then they want to do work. Keep preaching this great word, because at the heart of this it feels like you’re calling for the church to pursue Godliness above racial reconciliation, which is the greater glory.

    1. George Canady says:

      Dear pastor Ball’

      I am surprised you would agree with this “perspective”. It is not biblical. One can no more segregate the “pursue Godliness” from “racial reconciliation” any more than one can the parts of Matthew 22:36-40

      36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

      We can’t preach: take your time, for one part of this command “Dangers of Speed” and at the same time preach an urgency for the other.

      Imagine if a preacher taught us we were going to take our time to do the first part of this command until we get it “right” and “genuine”. We would say NO! We are to do it now and ask for forgiveness as we fail.

      The reformed church will look like the AME soon if those men who are urging us to slow down can convince us we are failing. They, Black and white, are just asking for time while they are setting up the segregated reformed church so that they do not have to obey “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” in their church leadership; share real permanent in house power, in their families; share your children in marriage, and in their neighborhood; “we’ve reach the high water mark, the blacks are moving out”…help them stay!.

      “Dangers of Speed” is just more segregation language. it is not biblical. If these men can convince us that we are waiting on God to raise up black leadership and hide the real reason is whites are refusing black leadership, then they don’t have to recruit. God is not partial, we are; James 2.

      Recruit into with as much energy as we put into segregation out of. It will work because God will bless our mess. Don’t let these men segregate the reformed Church under the disguise “how God works”.

      400 years! Really?

      Praying for us now.

    2. Dante Stewart says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m grateful you found it useful. I pray that we are called to a greater glory in this hard yet beautiful journey.

  3. Dante, Thank you for this timely encouragement! As your neighbor down the street and your co-laborer in the gospel ministry, I commit with you to the long haul of reconciliation for the glory of Jesus Christ! First Presbyterian Augusta is immensely grateful for Crawford Avenue Baptist as a gospel-centered partner in the mission of “restoring people and rebuilding places for Christ.”

    1. Dante Stewart says:

      Praise God you found it useful Pastor George. I look forward to connecting and doing the work together in Augusta and beyond. I’ll be in touch soon. Grace and peace.

  4. Carter says:

    Thank you Dante for your wise words.

    1. George Canady says:

      Hello Carter,

      Not all of these are wise words if you are the one waiting. check out “Slavery By Another Name: A Review of ‘13th’” on TGC. After 400 years I don’t think we can claim any “Dangers of Speed”. Also you may benefit by reading the MLK letters from the Birmingham Jail. You will see the argument by the church to slowdown is an old one.

      Praying for us now.

  5. George Canady says:

    To say that God is slow is to make God responsible for This our sin. God has never been slow or partial in raising up Black men for reformed seminary, church leadership or husband of any white wife and children. He is not responsible for the factious Christian men who have caused and are causing this division.

    Any novel church historian with a basic understanding of scripture can know this was and is the churches doing. This is not Ph.D. level stuff.

    In Romans chapter one we have the result of unbelievers being turned over to a debased mind for suppressing the truth about the meaning of things made by God, including men of all ethnicities made equally in the image of God.

    We preach this chapter of Romans as if we believers are immune to the punishment of suppressing truth. But the passage is only understood by believers and so it must be a warning to us that it can happen to us as well, at least in part.

    It has happened to us in part, but we have new word for it now. We call it “blind spots”. It has a softer more innocent victim type feel to it and leads to this apathetic. “I didn’t do it” pride we hear so often from some reformed seminarians, pastors and church members; that causes the slowness. Romans says we knew these things even before we were saved. How much more now after we are saved?

    No! Mark Dever can not blame this on God. It is us. We are the factious Christian men responsible for the mostly white anything. We have no excuse before God.

    The American church has had an understanding of Romans chapter one. James chapter two and Philemon long enough not to blame God for the segregation of the reformed church. We know the punishment for this sin and we are in it. We shame God’s image from the church in front of the world. We are an example to the world of segregation.

    If we repent of “it wasn’t me” and put as much effort into reconciliation as we put into segregation, It will happen soon, because that would please God.

    And like the church warned Martin Luther when he wanted to turn the common man loose with the whole truth, it is sure to get messy. Yet we can be sure that If we wait until its safe it will never get done.

    But also beware Christian, as in Luther’s day, some powerful men in the church like it just like it is for reasons of marriage and power sharing and power loss, and I don’t just mean white men.

    Praying for us now.

  6. Samuel Melvin says:

    Thank you for this. I feel that some will use the Sovereign argument to resist the reconciliation that God is calling for. Justice delayed is still justice denied in my opinion. There must be a healthy balance with social justice/racial reconciliation and God’s sovereignty. I’m torn by this.

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