It seems that ever since Ibram X. Kendi, author of the NYT bestseller How to be an Anti-racist, tapped Jemar Tisby to be the Assistant Director of Narrative and Advocacy at the brand new Center for Antiracist Research, that’s he’s gone further and further right in his ideology and rhetoric.
Tisby, you’ll recall, founded the Witness Black Christian Collective in 2012. Their leadership is pro-choice and they frequently partner with Michelle Higgins, the pro-choice pastrix who keeps on talking about how the Trinity is queer. Tisby is best known for writing the book The Color of Compromise (which unsurprisingly is compromised theologically).
Speaking to Kay Warren in April 2021 interview, she asks him how they can be an “ally” in the fight for racial justice.
If we’re talking about a congregational level, your church has to vocally, publicly, and in a sustained way pursue justice. It’s not so much about the level of demographic diversity in a congregation, it’s about whether ‘my concerns and priorities and the things that affect me and my family are concerns and priorities for the congregation’.
This is why so many black people felt alienated when we found that 81% of white evangelical voters who voted, voted for the previous president. All of our concerns about the rhetoric, the policies, the actions just made no difference, right? But it was clear that what concerned us didn’t concern the leadership or the rest of the congregation. And so it’s that commitment to justice that will tell us differently.
Tisby explains that you can’t be an ally in the fight for racial justice if you voted for Trump and his policies, but only if you vote for the Democrats and their policies, which are rabidly pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ, pro-destruction of families, pro-theft, pro-abandoning Afghanistan, etc.
And the reality is there might be churches, maybe simply because of where you are located geographically, that will never really be all that racially or ethnically diverse, but you can still pursue justice. And you’ve got to do that vocally, meaning publicly.
A commitment to racial justice at the church level, you should have a racial justice statement, specifically focused on race. Not just broadly “justice.” Race is the dividing line, the literal dividing line in our country.
It should be part of your new members class. It should be part of that curriculum that says: when you sign up for this congregation, you’re signing up to be part of racial justice. And if that’s not for you, then this church is not for you.
Basically, he’s saying that if people want to join the church, they need to subscribe to his woke style of politics and policies that encompass “racial justice” in order to be true allies to black folk.
It should be so embedded in the curriculum that people are getting it naturally and organically in Sunday school, in Bible studies on Sunday morning. Not just the specific sermon series, but it’s in different illustrations, different applications, different topics that you address.
Churches occasionally will need to make, I think, public statements about issues of justice. And I’m not saying every single national event, but probably more than we’re used to.
… Jesus makes it so simple and asks, what’s the greatest commandment? Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. And so when it comes to racial justice, you really want to break it down, it is wanting for your neighbor the same thing you want for yourself.
Because of deliberate policies even our homes, they could be the same exact square footage, the same exact model, but because it’s in a black neighborhood, it’s going to be valued less than if it’s in a white neighborhood. And so loving our neighbor simply means: I want for my neighbor what I want for myself, and what can I do to get there?
h/t to @wokepreacherTV for the vid and most of the transcript.
Bonus Content about Saddleback Church and Rick Warren:
Saddleback Church has recently seen a resurgence from discernment ministries after announcing they were having a “Blacks Only worship service” where no white members were allowed in, so the “black fold” could have a “safe space” to “heal,” blasted white Christians for having no discernment and not caring about black people, and started to ordain women pastrixes. Recently he started segregating his congregation between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.