North Point Community Church ‘impastor’ Andy Stanley continued his wretched job of smarmily assessing what’s wrong with Christendom and then explaining why he and his church are nailing it 24/7- this time as it pertains to issues of race and racial reconciliation. Usually one famous for pushing the seeker-sensitive model, Stanley has asserted that all white men have what is known as the “fearful gaze”- meaning they fear black men, whether consciously or unconsciously.
For a brief reminder of the various theological controversies surrounding Stanley, he made waves for encouraging Christians to essentially throw out the Old Testament, arguing that believers should “unhitch” themselves from portions of Old Testament Scripture. This is essentially a spin-off of the heresy of Marcionism. He went on the warpath against doctrine in general, claiming that “unity is more important than theology.” Stanley argued that Jesus’ birth doesn’t really matter, thus casting doubt upon his supernatural birth and the events surrounding the nativity and also tacitly denounced Biblical inerrancy, at least in the eyes of many.
Stanely has been on a roll since the pandemic hit, telling members that the “Foundation of our Faith is not the Whole Bible,” that the Lord does not require them to meet for church, that George Floyd was “This Generation’s Samson,” and to “Sleep late and skip church” during Father’s Day.
From his July 8, 2020 sermon on the Human Race, Stanley explains:
The truth is rarely found in the extremes. You know that. It’s found where the circles overlap in the middle, the messy middle. Dr. King told us that as well. In fact, he modeled that. He died in part because of that. The messy, messy, messy, middle, that’s where the brutal, uncomfortable facts all come together.
But it’s also where problems can be solved. But it is so uncomfortable. It’s so much easier to retreat to the echo chamber of extremes where everybody agrees, but nothing is ever accomplished. In the messy middle, we’re confronted with uncomfortable facts.
And by the way, facts aren’t fair. But facts don’t care. Here’s an uncomfortable fact. White people fear black men. That’s not fair. But it’s true.
What makes this even more unfair is that in the vast majority of cases, our fear of black men is in no way connected to our personal experience. And if that wasn’t unfair enough, study after study has shown- you know this- that fear of black men doesn’t even spring primarily from racism. It’s deeper than that. And that’s not fair to black people or white people.
Most black men have experienced what some people refer to as ‘the fearful gaze’, the fearful gaze of white men and women.
Then on the other side of the equation, is this the majority of African Americans in our country, they don’t trust the criminal justice system, do you? I mean, you fear the police. That’s not fair. Facts don’t care.
“So white people fear black men. The majority of black people don’t trust the police. Most police handle themselves professionally. And then there’s this, whereas our fear of black men is rarely if ever connected to personal experience. If you’re an African American, you know this, your mistrust of the criminal justice system is connected to personal experience. Us white folks, we fear what might happen. You fear what has happened.
h/t to WokepreacherTV
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