I can still remember a member of our church a few years ago that we knew clearly had some issues with race when he was a young man (he was in his 70's at the time), saying some things in Bible study that were a little racially slanted. Trust me when I tell you, there wasn't a non Caucasian in the room, but those who picked up on it, could still feel the tension. He wasn't speaking against others of differing ethnic backgrounds then, so much as he was talking about his thoughts when he was a younger man, but even through this, we could still sense the carry over from his youth. I can't remember at the time if we spoke to him because it was so benign and only happened on one or two occasions, but I do remember we discussed it and we would have intervened if necessary. So why would all of us "white" folk be so concerned if we in our minds didn't believe what he was saying could be taken wrong.? Why were we so sensitive to this? At the time, I thought it was because we had no room for racism. Again, maybe I was naive.
Looking back at my own life and this incident in the church, I kind of saw this man as the final "Christian" generation to hold over any racial tension from the 20th century. To clarify, I am speaking from the perspective of the church. Obviously there is still racial tension all over the world and its "all" groups. I've seen a lot of what one could call reverse racism over the years as well, but for some reason the Gospel Coalition has seemed to avoid that, or at least I haven't heard any talk of it.
Folks, the gospel isn't about social justice. There is no "social gospel" in the text of the bible. The gospel is about God reconciling His own out of "all" men. Black, white, purple or whatever. What the Gospel Coalition is doing and its obvious they are by the comments to their blogs, is actually creating racial tension in the church, where there was no racial tension-and if there was-the church (made up of all ethnic backgrounds) should in unity stop it from wherever it comes from. This includes any re-verse racism as well. To signal out what is being deemed as the white privileged Christian, is to take a time warp back into the 1960's and regurgitate issues that many in my generation did not participate in and that alone, shows a great growth and "repentance" toward these issues. Why would we want to bring up past hurts, when the change over the last 50 years has been one of a clear upward trajectory toward the end of racial disharmony?
I know that no matter how one approaches this subject the heart of the individual will be looked on as evil no matter how careful one is to word something, but something is going on in the church and its not good. Whenever we bring up "past" sin that is suppose to disappear through the gospel, we defy the very thing we are supposed to represent.
Let's hope the church can see this division is not going to bring unity, but only re-divide what had already grown to such a point, that many in my generation are scratching their heads wondering where all of this new hostility is coming from. May God work in the hearts of all of us, to love everyone within the church with equal fervor no matter what our backgrounds, but may He grant this thorough the power of His gospel and not the worldly modern social justice movement, which is no gospel at all.