This Black Leader or That Black Leader? – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.–I must confess that when considering cooperation within the Church across racial lines (or even when considering racism in general) I’m not sure that I’ve ever thought about what taking a particular stance really means to someone who is African-American. This hasn’t been any kind of intentional racism or anything like that, but I’ve just never been acutely aware of the issues Mr. Anyabwile brings forth.
Take the time to read this; I think this will be edifying to anyone in the Church to keep in mind–especially when collaborating with our African-American brothers in Christ.
UPDATE: I came across another couple of links that were helpful for me in trying to understand racial issues in America.
Where Does “Blackness” and “Whiteness” Come From? – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.–“Because these ideas [of whiteness & blackness] are formed through interaction, it’s going to take massive levels of interaction to undo the damage that’s been done and to forge a new path. We won’t escape the quagmire by waving a wand or by fiat. Nor will we get there by simply decrying the fact that others ‘still think this way.’ We have to roll up our sleeves, reach into our hearts, pull out the old and plant the new. I pray the Lord will allow us to do this more and more by His word and His Spirit.”
True Woman | Black History Month: Telling the Story of God’s Mighty Power.–“It had never occurred to her that slavery took the brightest, the strongest, and the best of the Africans from their homeland. If they had been left there, Africa would be quite different than it is today . . . and America would be quite different as well.”–>Sadly, nor had this ever occurred to me…