The logic that says, "vote = culpability" is the lie that evangelicals have been telling Black Christians for decades, and last week the chickens came home to roost.
Simply voting for Trump doesn't make a Christian anymore culpable for last week's events than voting democrat makes a Christian culpable for abortions in America.
Culpability requires more than just voting — it requires inappropriate allegiance, blind loyalty and denial, and the justification of or participation in wicked acts to retain power and comfort. Culpability requires direct or indirect compromise.
Christian unity sometimes requires a sacrificial living that embraces this tension, not tribalism that seeks comfort by demanding others conform to your views.
Show me a Christian that can't live with tension or hates nuance and I'll show you someone who is well on their way to either heterodoxy or heteropraxy.

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17 Dec 20
I'm skeptical of any Black leader whose message seems to completely alleviate White people OR Black people of responsibility or self-reflection regarding racism, American history, or human agency.
A Black leader who takes pride in being viewed as "exceptional" by White conservatives or pitied as a "helpless victim" by White progressives is the enemy of a truly united America.
A Black Christian leader who makes much of CRT but little of Christian nationalism is either naive or self-serving.
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11 Dec 20
We’re not stupid. CRT critics have successfully demonized any and everyone who has anything substantive to say about racism/justice. The only answer they’ll accept is “the Gospel” but can do entire podcasts about supporting political candidates and how to think about abortion.
For a CRT critic to say, “We need to talk about racism” but never model how to talk about it biblically is telling. The real goal is to end this conversation using the same tactics used in the 60s. Shame.
As far as CRT goes, if we believe in common grace, it’s okay for people to benefit from perceived truths as long as that “truth” doesn’t contradict scripture. Some find CRT helpful, fine! I don’t need it but I will not condemn any Christian who engages it wisely.
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4 Oct 19
I don’t comment a lot about controversial issues on social due to the platforms limitations for productive dialogue. But the response to the *anything but unequivocal celebration to to the Botham’s brother forgiveness* concerns me enough to comment briefly.
1. I was deeply moved by the brother’s act of forgiveness. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed. I thank God for the work he’s doing in that brother’s life and I pray the Lord uses it to show himself, not only to Amber, but to the millions that witnessed it.
2. On the one hand, I trust and rest in the Lord’s providence regarding Amber’s sentence. God knows, he cares, and he’s the final judge and jury of how she spends the coming years.
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15 Sep 18
I still love this post. This captures what sets his take apart from other articles:

"...when I look back at my older writings, I see them as contributing more to a particular partisan narrative than to a tough, clear-eyed search for truth."

More of this from Christians, please!
1/5 My confession: From 2014-2016, as my thinking was evolving on social justice due to fresh perspectives, I wrongly overreacted to the reality of some drifting left and drifted too far right. Two years ago, I would have signed the Statement on Social Justice.
2/5 Just as I perceived those on the far left contributing to, in the words of David French, a particular partisan narrative, I did the exact same thing for a different tribe. By God's grace, this became clear through the guidance of "clear-eyed" mentors.
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