When A White Woman Fears To Be Outspoken

Biblical UnityThis bout with writer’s block has nothing to do with a lack of ideas, but rather with a reluctance to write about the ideas I have. For instance,  last week’s MLK50 Conference, added to Beth Moore’s vague “repentance”  from racism a week earlier, have ignited my thoughts concerning the Social Gospel that some evangelicals embrace lately. Although I believe I should address these matters, I question whether or not I possess enough understanding of them to write a responsible essay.

Well, that’s only a partial truth. Yes, I’d like to do more research on the MLK50 Conference, since I don’t have first-hand knowledge of what the various speakers said. Reading reports on Twitter, even from reputable people that I trust isn’t responsible journalism, nor does it reflect Christian integrity. Just this morning, as a matter of fact, I read about the importance of guarding our words.

29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~~Ephesians 4:29-32 (ESV)

But my reticence goes deeper, to be perfectly honest. Now that the Social Gospel adherents have officially attached themselves to the hot potato issue of racism, there’s really no way a white woman can critique it without being accused of racism.

I could, I suppose, defend myself by telling you that my first fiance was black. During our engagement, we encountered more opposition from black people (including his pastor, who refused to acknowledge me) than from white people. Black women advised him to dump me and find a nice black girl. If that’s not racism, please tell me what is!

But my anecdotal evidence most likely wouldn’t convince anyone (and especially anyone on this current bandwagon) that I have valid reasons for challenging the Social Gospel. As far as evangelical social justice warriors are concerned, anything I write that raises questions about their efforts to end racism in the name of Jesus automatically brands me as a racist.

So I’m paralyzed. I do want to examine the Social Gospel from a Biblical perspective, primarily because I see a misplaced emphasis in their efforts. And I think, if this movement hadn’t lurched into the politically charged area of racism, I might have been able to write about it with confidence. But the MLK50  Confidence (and, to a lesser extent, Beth Moore’s “repentance” Tweets) have put me in a difficult position.

Perhaps I suffer from cowardice. Perhaps I should risk being misunderstood and maligned on this issue, just as I’ve risked it over other issues discussed in this blog. I won’t change the minds of evangelical social justice warriors anyway, but I might encourage others to put the focus back on Christ and His kingdom. After all, in His kingdom people of every race and ethnicity will join together in worshiping Him.

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6 thoughts on “When A White Woman Fears To Be Outspoken

  1. Let’s say there was a “Disabled Gospel” movement that was unbiblical and divisive and was impeding the Church’s ability to be on mission. And let’s say that a non-disabled blogger who has a well-established track record of speaking the truth in love wanted to write about the movement and the negative impact it is having on the Church’s mission. Should that person refrain from writing because they are not part of the oppressed community the Disabled Gospel is championing?

    Pray, and be led by the Spirit in this, and not by what certain people think you can and cannot write about.

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    • I hoped you’d respond, Leah, but this comment far exceeded my hopes! And you’re right! I’ve had able-bodied friends who have given me amazing insight into my disability.

      So yes, I can address the Social Gospel. Thank you so much for your encouragement. It brought tears to my eyes.

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      • It’s so sad that we even have to think about these things in the body. But we have to remember what our brethren went through in the early church and during the Reformation. As long as you’re speaking from the Spirit and not from the flesh, you will exhort, edify and console in a way that honors our Lord and Savior. Bless you!

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  2. I would like to hear you analyze the Social Gospel’s obsession with racism. I think it’s a problem too and don’t care at all about the amount of melanin of the skin of whoever addresses it. You’ve shown discernment and wisdom in your analyses of a lot of other twisted “gospels”, so I would like to hear your perspective. The truth needs to be spoken, and I don’t care who does the talkin’. 🙂

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