A pastor in Chicago has finally put some meat on the bones of reparation theology; doing what so many others that have demanded it have refused to do: give specific examples of what ought to be done and what sort of measures ought to be practically implemented by the government in order to grant reparations to black folk.
Given that this is such a central and important theological category, he likewise questions the salvation of anyone who denies that black folk are due reparations, making it indeed a “gospel issue.”
This is a blessed relief, given how infrequently this clarity occurs. Jemar Tisby and his cacklin’ pro-aborts over at the Witness BCC routinely peck and peck away at the importance of reparations without ever specifying who pays, how much, and why.
We saw this reticence a few weeks ago when Dr. Gregory Thompson sought to excoriate Kevin DeYoung over his opposition to slavery reparations, taking the position that those who are against reparations are bad, without putting forth any concrete example of what would be fair or equitable, writing:
“We happily acknowledge that we have not fully resolved some of these questions—either in print or in private. He (DeYoung) is right, for example, to ask for clarity about who exactly is culpable for reparations and on what grounds. He is also right to press for greater clarity about the nature of reparative obligation and about when that obligation is met. And he is right to wonder about the impact of time—the passing of generations—on the shape of reparative action. Indeed, we are ourselves in daily and ongoing conversation with practitioners around the world seeking to clarify these very matters.”
Thankfully, Rev. James T. Meek has stepped up. Meeks is the Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, a 22,000 member megachurch with a wide reach in the city, as well as a Moody Bible Institute Trustee. Meeks proffers that reparation ought to include a century of free education, free childcare, free healthcare, and a guaranteed job for all black Americans, on account of black folk currently living in the middle of a ‘Negro Holocaust.’
Every year, the United States, right now, we put $5 million in our budget for Holocaust survivors. Right on. I ain’t against Holocaust survivors. They survived a whole lot. But what about those of us who had to survive the Negro Holocaust? What about those of us who are still in the middle of the Holocaust? Don’t we deserve something?
We want free college for every black kid for the next hundred years. That’s the action step. We want a job for every black person in America for the next hundred years. And the government can do it. We want child care for every parent who’s African-American for the next hundred years. We want free health care for every black American for the next hundred years.
Well, pastor, ain’t that gonna take a long time? Ain’t that gonna take a long time? The Congress came together and in two weeks passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package. If the will is there, if they desire to do it, they can.
Let’s close with the Bible. Luke chapter 18. Luke chapter 19, verse 8. This is Jesus and Zacchaeus.
Listen to what Jesus said. “Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for as much as he is also a son of Abraham.” I’ll know that you’re saved when you start talking about reparations. I’ll know that you’re saved when you start saying and acknowledging that negro people should be paid back. I will know that salvation has come to your house when you admit it is wrong to enslave a group of people and then turn them loose without giving them anything.
So, while other people are getting reparations, while Jews are getting reparations, while Indians are starting to get reparations (I’m happy for you, Indians. I ain’t against you. I’m happy for you), all we get is ghettoes and slums and bad schools.
And you’re wondering why we are turning on each other like savages and shooting each other and killing each other. Because we are denied opportunities. And black kids don’t see a future. And they don’t see a hope. Let’s give them a future. Let’s give them college. Let’s give them health care. Let’s give them child care. Let’s give them hope.
If black lives matter, if you really got it, if you really got it, then government, come on! Turn around and be sensitive and give to black people what black people deserve! Repair the damages! Repair the damages! Repair the damages!
h/t to Wokepreacherclips for the clip
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