Taking a cue from a controversial claim that all whites are racist, members of a prominent Southern Baptist church have published a “lament” over the killing of a black man by two armed white men in Georgia.
Gregory McMichael and son Travis chased down and fatally shot Ahmad Arbery as he was running down the street in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia.
The two men have been arrested on murder charges over the shooting, which happened Feb. 23 but gained national attention only recently when video surfaced showing the confrontation and Arbery's death from a shotgun fired by Travis McMichael.
The fatal shooting apparently drew the attention of several members of Summit Church, located in Durham, North Carolina, who authored and signed a Statement of Lament over the shooting.
The online statement, which can be read here, is garnering attention for its questionable stance on blending racial injustice, racism, and the Church.
In the statement, the church members accuse the U.S. of being plagued by systemic racism and injustice, and more specifically claim white churches are full of white supremacists and other racists.
“We lament our country’s history of racial oppression, injustice, and white supremacy that has resulted in the kidnapping, enslavement, lynching, murder, segregation, and mass incarceration of our black brothers and sisters,” the Statement says in one of 20 “We Lament” statements.
Other “We Lament” statements claim the Church is “complicit in systemic racism and injustice,” and cites examples that include “homogenous” dining rooms that have not welcomed people of color, and the “idol of comfort that limits us to cheap compassion.”
Summit Church is home to Pastor JD Greear (pictured at right), who is currently leading the Southern Baptist Convention as president and whose name does not appear on the document at present.
A separate statement from Summit Church condemning Arbery's killing can be read here.
In the statement, the church members accuse the U.S. of being plagued by systemic racism and injustice, and more specifically that what they call white churches are full of white supremacists and other racists.
Wil Addison, co-host of “Airing the Addisons” on American Family Radio, says any church should express sympathy over the loss of life and demand the facts from the controversial case.
“But the church,” he says, “is not complicit in any way in the killing of Ahmad Arbury.”
What concerns Addison, he tells OneNewsNow, is that Christian denominations appear to be embracing Critical Race Theory, the controversial belief that white people are inherently racist and their quest to maintain power and influence in society can be traced to their belief in white supremacy.
CRT was largely unknown in the SBC until the denomination’s 2019 convention, when Pastor Stephen Feinstein planned to introduce a resolution denouncing CRT only to witness Resolution 9 get twisted into a resolution supporting it.
Feinstein told OneNewsNow last year that he urged the SBC to tackle the issue after he saw it being pushed at pastor conferences, and he finally took action after a teen at his church began discussing “white privilege” and “social justice” after attending a Christian university.
At the convention, Feinstein was pleased and surprised the Resolutions Committee accepted his resolution, but after it was presented he studied it and found approximately 60 percent had been rewritten. The new resolution suggested that CRT can “aid in evaluating a variety of human experiences.”
Addison says that is a worldview that cannot be found in the Bible, and the push for Critical Race Theory by the Church will only divide the Body of Christ rather than bring it together.
“And so I am concerned about not only the Southern Baptists,” he says, “but other denominations who have opened up wholesale to these ideologies.”
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