Jemar Tisby is a historian, and as a historian, he has put together a brief history of the United States, focusing on racism. He gives special attention to the actions of the church, including the historical tendency to compromise with racists instead of taking a stand for Christ. Tisby starts at the beginning of US history and runs his narrative all the way through the modern Black Lives Matter movement. Tisby finishes his books with a list of concrete steps Christians can take towards anti-racism.
I noticed . . .
I noticed that, when given the opportunity to choose to do what is right, the church has usually failed.
I noticed that the church manages to create new theology to justify their compromises.
I noticed that churches and history don’t really seem to change. Only the outward form of what they’re doing changes.
I wondered . . .
I wondered what an anti-racist church would look like.
I wondered if we can count ourselves as true followers of Christ when we so easily forsake God’s principles.
I wondered if there is truly a monolithic orthodox Christian religion.
It reminded me of . . .
I was reminded of Rediscipling the White Church because fixing the racism in the church will require no less than God’s transformation in our affections.
I was also reminded of Jesus and John Wayne because some of the history covered was similar. However, I will concede that Du Mez’s book is far more depressing than Tisby’s book.