You should read this blog post. When you’re done, come back here.
My initial impression: Wow. In a good way. Oh yes, I understand that he stereotypes anyone right-of-center as being impossible to talk with about racism. Hopefully this post serves as a demonstration that that’s not actually an accurate perception of reality, although I acknowledge there is an underlying kernel of truth to it that makes the conclusion seem plausible. So let’s leave that alone and focus on what I found impressive about the blog post.
Matthew 7:1-5 from the Bible comes to mind. It’s when Jesus during his Sermon on the Mount talks about judging and how to do so properly by first taking the log out of your own eye before you remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Noah is a leftist progressive talking to fellow leftist progressives. He doesn’t explicitly acknowledge any of his own failings in how he has talked about race in the past, so he is not precisely demonstrating Jesus’ command to first take the log out of his own eye. But putting aside the command as it applies to his individual person, and instead looking at what he is doing in this blog post in terms of speaking as a leftist and examining leftist tendencies to do things wrongly, he is.
I believe white American Christians need to do something similar. We need to examine our own attitudes toward race and repent first of those attitudes that lead us into permitting or even causing injustice toward non-whites. I’m not quite sure what that looks like, but I have a gut feeling that we should first start with examining how we treat our non-white Christian brethren. A united church can do a lot to combat racism. So perhaps we ought to start by getting our own house in order.
How do we do that? Apologetics.com recently held a two-hour conversation on race, racism and the church. I think you should listen to it, because I think it poses questions and some solutions that server as an excellent starting point.
Finally, Proverbs 15:1 says that “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”. Noah isn’t accusatory in his blog post but comes across as reasonable. I want to strive to be more like this, and especially here on this blog. Let’s strive to be excellent to each other.