They weren’t hard to find. It took me only about 20 minutes to locate, copy and paste these tweets tonight (April 29, 2019). Take a good, close look at them. These are Christians, talking to other Christians:
Here’s the April 29 tweet, from Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM), that caused the greatest outburst: “There are simply no gospel grounds for defending White supremacy. None. This isn’t theological rocket science. The Savior of the world gave Himself on the cross for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God & Father, wearing a brown body.”
The other tweets were in response to Mika Edmondson (@mika_edmondson), who wrote: “If the gospel we preach comfortably co-exists with white nationalism, we are NOT preaching the whole gospel.”
I’m not going to name any of those who tweeted out the things I pasted above, as my goal isn’t to call anyone out. What I did want to do is use those as examples of a significant danger to the Christian community.
In each of those tweets, I believe there’s an effort to characterize a fellow Christian’s stance as somehow unworthy of Christ. Even more subtle, and therefore more dangerous, is that I sense a judgement of another’s walk with the Lord (which is why I ask: is your social media platform a ministry?)
Matthew 7:1 tells us not to judge others, or we will also be judged. Now, non-Christians love this verse and often use it to tell Christians not to judge anything, including behavior. Informed Christians know that the verse, in context, is saying to use proper judgement, not to skip judgement altogether.
But I think that more and more on this issue of race and Christianity, that we should be heeding the warning of Matthew 7:1. We ought not judge the spiritual level of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, especially based on something like a disagreement over the validity of someone’s opinion on racial issues.
Now, hear me clearly: I am not saying we are not to call out heresy if we see it or hear it. But nowhere in the opinions that are causing so much division among the Body do I spot any heresy. In these discussions on race, I haven’t seen heresy over issues like Christ’s divine nature, his death, burial and resurrection, the Trinity, and so on.
That’s what saddens my spirit and wounds my soul. We can’t seem to disagree with our fellow heirs with Christ without accusing them of blaspheming the Gospel or worse. My friends, we should have more – much more – in common than we have that separates us.
To help find that common ground, here’s what I propose. Those of you who disagree with the idea of “whiteness” as a socio-economic power construct that continues to oppress black people in the U.S.: Try and understand that Christians who hold that position are not your enemies. They don’t want to see white people brought low. They want all children of God to be treated with dignity and respect and fairness and justice. And they love Jesus passionately, just as passionately as you do.
Those of you who believe that “whiteness” as previously defined still presents a grave threat to blacks in America: Understand that those Christians who disagree are not racists. They simply do not see the issue the same way you do. They understand bigotry is a terrible thing, and has a long and dark past in this country. They’re horrified by the generational sin of slavery, too. And they love Jesus passionately, just as passionately as you do.
In other words, we should not be judging the motivations of our fellow Christians in the most negative light possible. Instead, try doing the opposite: assume noble, benevolent motivations on the part of those who disagree – the same kind of motivations you have, right?
Matthew 5:16 says: Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Sometimes, those “others” might even be “other” believers.
Let the world see our good deeds, including on Twitter, that the Almighty might be glorified. Who’s with me?