How Churches Can Address Hidden Feelings of Prejudice and Racism

How Churches Can Address Hidden Feelings of Prejudice and Racism

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Jackie Hill Perry—writer, speaker, and artist—discusses how churches can seek to uproot sins of racism and insensitivity that can persist in a church: by creating a community that values the image of God in all people.
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13 thoughts on “How Churches Can Address Hidden Feelings of Prejudice and Racism”

  1. One avenue is to correct the historical record. There is no element of racism in Christianity. Dectractors of the Christian faith erroneously connect it with the justification and/or endorsement of slavery. Despite having no evidence to support this argument it is put forward as if expected prima facie acceptance. Quoting Old Testament passages only demonstrate how unfamiliar these detractors are, those who quote New Testament passages are equally confused. I have yet to have anyone counter my argument that Christianity doesn't support, endorse, or justify slavery.

    Usa Today ran an article on this topic today parroting the erroneous talking points.

    I went to church to worship, fellowship and have a sense of community. What I received were questions about my hair, ignorant compliments wrapped in an insult, borderline illiterate church leaders placed in positions due to nepotism and cronyism. I didn't attend church to give a course in diversity training or mend the racial divide. Apparently people carry their Bible's as an accessory like a purse or umbrella. They use it as a precaution or because it makes them look "christian." Church bulidings are brick and mortar (nothing more). We are the "church!" Man has conviently made a mockery and a business out of the word. People gather on Sundays like robots in a B rated, low budget film. They Sing lifeless hymns, attend useless meetings, host food gatherings to record how much someone ate or how they dressed, hate each other in secrecy, exhort money (selling what was already freely given to you) while celebrating pagan holidays and taking vacations disguised as mission trips. Racism? How can you expect love from people who may not even love themselves or God?

  3. Little snide remarks that are prejudicial? Like the words of Matt Chandler in recent weeks? Oh no, you didn't mean that though.

    And as far as a community that is honest and willing to have hard conversations and confront and correct sin where/when necessary is currently manifesting in the form of thousands of Christians trying to help TGC, ERLC, SBC (members) and many others the error of their ways and thinking as it regards race, justice, sin, etc.

  4. More ambiguity. Give some real life examples or don't bother with this. Being vague doesn't help anyone recognize these supposed problems. I can't believe that we can have a whole conference and not get any solid answers or even a clear definition of the problem. God is not a God of confusion, so BE CLEAR, especially when besmirching whole swaths of people. What did I do? What did a congregant at your church do? How was it sin? What is the fix for it? And lastly, if these vague problems are just the small ones, and we don't know what they are, at least you can be clear about the "bigger issues" instead of just casually throwing it out there with no clarification. If there are problems as big as you say, THEN TELL US WHAT THEY ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY. STOP BEATING AROUND THE BUSH. When you're vague, it doesn't sound smart. It makes you a bad communicator.

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