Racial reconciliation – a trendy issue demanding biblical truth, not self-guilt
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
A Christian radio host says when it comes to its role in racial reconciliation in America, the Church shouldn't be offering "cultural apologies" – instead, she says, it needs to be offering the truths of the Bible.
A recent survey by the Barna Group finds American Christians are split when asked how the Church should respond to 400 years of injustices faced by blacks in America. According to that survey, 16 percent of the U.S. churchgoers thinks repentance is in order. A third of white Christians say the Church should do nothing, while just 15 percent of African-American believers say the same thing.
The other choices for respondents included repair the damage, pursue restitution, and "lament."
Radio talk-show host Meeke Addison with American Family Radio contends the Church owes the black community the same thing it owes whites, Asians, Hispanics, and believers globally: the truth.
"The reason we're asking this question right now is because it's a popular conversation," she argues. "It's not rooted in any belief that the Church owes a certain response because there's been a move away from biblical truth.
"In fact," she continues, "if we really wanted to hunker down and talk about what the Body of Christ is in desperate need of, it's not cultural apologies – it's a return to the Word of God as our final authority."
Addison notes that divisions have been within the Church since the Apostle Paul was writing his epistles, and that the Church has always dealt with those internal divisions. But the only reason this division – i.e., What's the Church's role in racial reconciliation? – is a topic of discussion now is because it's trendy, she says.
"Instead of dealing with actual problems that we have within the Church, we are allowing pop culture and political culture, really, to tell us what our problems are," she tells OneNewsNow.
The host of Airing the Addisons says by succumbing to a social justice agenda dictated by the culture, the Church is betraying a key scriptural principle: there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, man and woman, black and white. The Church, says Addison, "was doing just fine until someone decided that 'evangelical' should be a cuss word or should be synonymous with being white."
Airing the Addisons airs every weekday at 2:00 Central on American Family Radio.
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details
With tragic mass shootings becoming more common, a Southern Baptist leader has some ideas about the role a local church can play when tragedy strikes a community.
One News Now Poll
Unemployment rate falls to 13.3%, US adds 2.5 million jobs
WASHINGTON (June 5, 2020) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added – a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic.