For record, when it comes to black people trying to aid white spaces; I am rarely ever surprised at outcomes. I do believe many Black saints are simply traumatizing themselves by entering spaces they aren’t truly welcome in. Don’t believe entirely writing off other saints is love
I do believe black Christians need to begin and continue building their own tables. It is naïveté to believe we will ever truly be welcome in many prominent white spaces. At the same time, I do believe there are white Christians & white churches that Are worthy to partner with.
As a racial trauma counselor, I’ve spent countless hours caring for white Christians who’ve suffered profound cost for being faithful in this area. Hard for me to write off that reality or believe the Holy Spirit, NOT ME, is no longer purifying the evangelical expression of faith
Respectfully, and with love an honor, I believe it is a misreading or misrepresentation to conclude young black Christians like myself are investing/partnering w/ white Christians out of arrogance. It is my Pneumatology (Doctrine of the Holy Spirit) that keeps invested.
God dwells in the heart of believers, sanctifying them in divine love; for God and others (especially other Christians). It is my faith in The Holy Spirit, and the Godhead in general that keeps me from writing other Christians off; not confidence in my own abilities. ❤️
My encouragement to black Christians is to be discerning & aware of black history & it’s relation to white fundamentalism/Evangelicalism. Do not be naive, guard your heart and soul. Protect your ministry cuz some will use you until you are broken & your faith is shriveled up...
Build your own tables, don’t waste time trying to win a seat at theirs; that seat will come with compromises and it is an invitation given as easily as it is rescinded. At the same time; abound in love, hope, & faith. Press in, love, rebuke, challenge; lean on God not on gifts.
Side note: Notice the language I used above. “Partner with”. Unassimilated Black Christians who submit under white authority rather than alongside it (partner) will likely suffer a great deal of stress and even trauma. Partnership means you work with, but have your own space.
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