I don’t post other people’s material very often for a list of personal reasons, but on occasion I find an article that I wish I had written.
The following is such an article by Alex Guggenheim. He has graciously allowed me to post it in its entirety. Alex runs a blog called Pedestrian Christian.
I was originally going to post my TANK presentations in order but I’m going to hold off on the last session until after everyone has had the opportunity to digest the previous session, then read Alex article. I think you will see that what Alex is drawing attention to is anecdotal to the cultural impact synthesis I give in the TANK 2013 Conference wrap up session.
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The article begins:
Who’s Afraid of the Big Black Wolf? or How Black Racial Narcissism is Being Promoted by Evangelicals: A Commentary on the Self-Defense Killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the General Race Based Theological Conditioning of and by Evangelicals (Part 1 of 2)
The trial is over but the tribulations have just begun, it appears. And part of that tribulation is happening within Evangelicalism. This week, at The Gospel Coalition blog I read Trilla Newbell’s Not Guilty: Now What? regarding an aftermath perspective of the situation. Secondly, I read at The Christian Post where TD Jakes decided to enter his opinion on the matter during a recent sermon and finally I read Al Mohler’s -Trayvon Martin Belongs to All of Us.
These Evangelical voices-how and what they have to say on the matter-represent something that, at one time, was bewildering but no longer, having studied it for some time. They represent a dysfunction within a major segment of Evangelicalism.
That dysfunction? Namely, it is black racial narcissism synthesized with false white racial guilt and pseudo-integration stemming from theological and factual error/ignorance leading to conscious or unconscious racial pandering or race based theology and practice. Ultimately, these components have coalesced to produce a very fearful thing for many white Evangelicals and a very wicked and sinful thing for many black Evangelicals (though as well, fearful for many sober and doctrinally minded black Christians and a wicked tool for many white Christians). As my title suggest, it is no better than a wolf and in this case a black wolf.
The Black Wolf
This black wolf is the creation, mind you, of two parties. And if you are unsure who the two parties are and what their eventual toxic child is, I mean as follows:
Party A – black racial narcissists (mild to severe)
Party B –white Evangelicals who teach and practice false white racial guilt based on the untrue claim of modern systemic white oppression of blacks as the major contributor to black social deficits. Hence the white Evangelical accepts as true (though the assertion is both unproven and contrary to data from the last 50 years) the social adjudication of guilt of harm/oppression toward others (specifically blacks but often included are any and all minorities) therefore, adjusts his or her thinking and behavior to accommodate this false narrative at the expense of personal, social and theological/ecclesiastical integrity
Parties A and B – pseudo-integrationalists who are both black and white who essentially disregard the nullification by God in the NT of anthropological properties as relevant both theologically and practically in the body of Christ, culminating in race based theology and practice as normative and orthodox
This dynamic trifecta of racial narcissism, false white racial guilt and pseudo-integration has its origin in the world and its institutions but has been imported into the church and it is having a devastating theological and practical affect. Here in Part 1, I will be dealing with the responses of Newbell, Jakes and Mohler and my personal observations on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident. These will serve to illustrate and under-gird my propositions in Part 2, where I will cover the details of the dynamic mentioned above.
I’ll begin with Trilla Newbell seeing it is the most brief of treatments (As I write this another awful response to the issue with disinformation, moralizing and false witness, has shown up at The Gospel Coalition blog by a writer named Trip Lee, whose article is entitled Should We Move On. I do not have time or room for all of its failures or its self-serving grandiosity but suffice it to say after you read here and then there you will understand it is another manifestation of what I describe in this article).