M Taylor posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago
“Letters To A Birmingham Jail” is an excellent read on expanding the Civil Rights Movement embodied by Dr. Martin Luther King. The title is around 230 pages and consists of articles written by black and white authors on a number of topics on the subject, including:
– The ongoing need to work on racial reconciliation.
– The importance of having more multiethnic churches in America.
The main takeaways I got from the title include:
– The need to actively work on racial reconciliation now and not wait until things get better.
– Not have diversity just for diversity’s sake – indeed, the ultimate goal of diversity is not the exaltation of humanity, but exalting Jesus Christ. Check out Zechariah 9:9-10.
– Diversity must be rooted in the gospel.
– Racial reconciliation must come from all races – while the majority of racism in America has been committed by whites against blacks, I can attest that from my personal experiences as a Southern male and the experiences of other whites, there are black racists who discriminate against whites.
– Incompatibility of calling yourself a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ and yet being a racist.
– Just being a “social justice warrior” is not sufficient – Jesus Christ must be exalted, not human self-righteousness.
– While past acts against blacks were awful and uncalled for, blacks must not see every white (especially those in the South) as being racist. Just not true!
The book is well-written and addresses an important issue. One complaint I do have is the apparent emphasis on broad and sweeping movements instead of a person-to-person approach for racial reconciliation. Yes, the one-to-one approach takes more time, but I believer that over time that approach is better than the continual calling for broad and sweeping movements and statements. I base this on Jesus’ model in the Gospels – He spent 3 years discipling and developing deep relationships with a small group of people and yet, look at what happened!
Comment aside, an excellent read.