I JUST READ A PIECE ORIGINALLY ABOUT THE SILENCE OF RACISM AND HOW WHITE CHRISTIANS AND WHITE PASTORS DO NOT TALK ABOUT THEIR RACISM IN THEIR CHURCHES. “The truth is that many White Christians find no contradiction between their so-called Christian faith and their angers, fears, and resentments about people of color. Too often they never hear such angers and resentments challenged from their pulpits or denounced by their ministers. They rarely hear their racist jokes, slurs, and stereotypes—much less their discriminatory behaviors—labeled as “sin” by their pastors.”
But there is another side of this too. When is the last time you heard a Black pastor talk about and decry the sinister racism permeating the very soul of America, and now encouraged by a Racist president? I have always said WE —Black Folks—cannot solve or end Racism, but we can Fight Racism. Fighting Racism is serious business, and it is not for the faint of heart. Yet unfortunately many of us and especially those who call ourselves Christians DO NOT have the stomach to Fight Racism. We don’t even talk a good game. We do not discuss White Racism in our Black churches…Black pastors do not talk about White Racism from the pulpit…Black Sunday School teachers do not talk about White Racism in Sunday School…WE do not explain to our young people the vulgarities of Racism.
Do WE really think not discussing Racism in our Church is some kind of Saving Grace…or…maybe God does not want us to talk about the sins of others…or…are we just afraid to call out White Folks as Racists? I heard a prominent Black pastor —he is no longer there—say from his pulpit and on television, “We do not talk about race in this church. ALL of us are God’s children.” “Is that what you call a Christian Cop-out?”
Yet every day we can turn on the TV and hear some of the vilest conversations from White Racists in the pulpit, and we have no comment? Our preachers have nothing to say about the racist comments of the Pat Robertsons and of the Franklin Grahams and the John Hagees and the Donny Reagans and the Peter Popoff and the list goes on and on and on. Where is OUR fight for WHO WE ARE? Question…When is the last time YOUR pastor talked about the sin and ravages of White Racism from the pulpit?
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.