The Lonely Path of Racial Reconciliation For Minorities

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  1. Marilyn Smith says:

    Thank you for this post. I sadly concur with your conclusions. Sadly, because I have watched evangelicals change their focus from gospel news to culture wars. I am a white evangelical of 60+ years. The evangelical movement I remember from my youth in California focused on sharing Jesus’ love and mercy. That’s where I learned that we are all equal — and all welcome — at the foot of the cross. And, I am so sad that you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, have been beaten up by your “siblings”.

  2. Kara says:

    Thank you for this post, and for your perseverance in this place of tensions. I thank God for you.

  3. Jon Dansby says:

    For those of you seeking book recommendations, there are lots in this video

    starting at 1:02:30, as well as thoughts on asking black folks for book recommendations. It’s a panel with folks like Pastor Anyabwile and Pastor Mason.
    I’m not sure if RAAN stands by them all, but these are Reformed men whom I admire.

  4. a says:

    God created us period. He is not asking us to worship in another culture but to be would we are. many white evangelicals confuse traditions of men with the Gospel. everyone is not required to think alike to achieve unity. there is favoritism and partiality, but there should be no favoritism in Christ. I no longer argue with some or try to change minds thats something only God can do. and frankly its exhausting

  5. Chris says:

    And here all this time I thought loving God and being a christian was not a black brown or white thing… silly of me. I see racism is just as rampant in religion as outside of it. If I read something I don’t look to see the color of the writer’s skin and read it based on that. Doing so to me is racist plain and simple and shouldn’t exist in Christianity. Are the ten commandments not the same for people of all colors? I’m disappointed I guess because I expect more from a Christian than that.

  6. Mezzula5 says:

    Scripture informs us on how we ought to interact with our neighbors. It’s okay to fill our libraries with relevant reading material. However, it’s more effective to simply practice these two basic spiritual precepts that are in His Word.

    [1]. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

    [2]. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39)


  7. DCal3000 says:

    Dr. Williams raises many enlightening points, but I would suggest that more elaboration on two points would be helpful:

    1. First, what is the evangelical movement? Maybe I am late to the conversation, but, even though evangelicals are predominantly white, I have always been under the impression that a long-standing black evangelical component exists in American evangelicalism. Certainly the secular world believes that to be the case. Yet I am surprised to find that Dr. Williams makes no mention of historically black evangelicalism in this article–instead referencing only predominately white evangelicalism.

    2. I would personally find a more detailed explanation of blackness and whiteness to be helpful. Dr. Williams says evangelical church literature is often dominated by white issues. If I knew which issues in church curriculum are inherently white or inherently black, it would help me to evaluate my own heart as I seek to understand racial divides in American evangelicalism.

  8. Sujith says:

    Thank you for this helpful blog. I find that an unwillingness to learn culture and thereby an ignorance to value systems in culture often hampers reconciliatory efforts. It’s interesting to see even faithful folks who can clearly articulate a theological conviction of racial reconciliation fail to build relationship because of a lack of understanding of values that inform cultural responses. I would love to see some suggested reading as well.

  9. Mezzula5 says:

    I’ve noticed that some evangelical christians have a distorted perspective about non believers. The following youtube video is an illustrative case in point. It seems like the well-meaning street preacher actually believes he is practicing good Christian evangelism. But if I were on the receiving end of his sermon I would be highly offended.


    P.S. I ask your forgiveness for a previous vitriolic reply to one of your articles.

  10. T Webb says:

    ^ Dr. Williams, I too appreciate the post, and would love some reading suggestions. Perhaps another post with such suggestions? If you put suggestions in another comment, they’ll be buried, but a post with reading suggestions would get additional attention and would be something I could link others too. Thanks and looking forward to more! Peace in Christ.

  11. Matt says:

    I have found your posts helpful. Do you have a list of books by brown and black evangelical authors you would recommend to help address #3 for readers trying to expand their viewpoint?

  12. JL says:

    Please don’t forget your Asian brothers and sisters!

  13. Conrad Deitrick says:

    Good post–important and needed. I will forward to my (white evangelical) pastor.

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