“Break up to Make up that’s all we do”

 

The myth of a post racial world and church

There is a continual love hate relationship in our society of ethnic groups that prevails.  Those on all sides of the ethnic/cultural divide contend for relevance and viability in an ever changing world.  Often times this world has been subjugated by the dominant ethnic group through clandestine group as well as an observable structural manipulation. This is an ethnic group who now find themselves caught in a self perceived battle for survival.

A 1970s Stylistics musical hit goes on to say, “first you love me, then you hate me, that’s a game for fools.”  Have we been duped? Time and time again when the last leg of the bridge of reconciliation is about to be put in place it all falls down, just like London Bridge.” When will society, led by the so called “Light of the world” (the church), finally get over it.

The “it” implies that sometime in the next 25 years or so, the dominant ethnic group will no longer represent the majority of the population.  “The coloring of America” does not mean the end of America.  “First you love me” -We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights – “then you hate me.” – we want our country back.  “That’s a game for those who have been duped.”

Many have turned a blind eye to the gaping hole in the bridge of reconciliation and the myth of the “post racial America” moves to front and center.  We must have an honest discussion in the twenty first century to ask ourselves; what is really at the root of this continual cycle?  The moments when unifying events arise and it seems as though society is about to have a breakthrough to a new level of oneness beyond the veil of division, old mindsets seem to reappear like a nagging cold. Have we been duped?

Joseph found himself in a continual cycle of Love and Hate.  First he was loved by his father and given the Coat of Many Colors .  Then he was hated by his jealous brothers who dropped him in a pit to be sold into slavery (Gen 37:1-11). Joseph was loved by Potiphar his master and was given charge to oversee his house.  He was hated and thrown in prison after Potiphar’s wife accused him of rape (Gen 39:1-20).  He was loved in prison and was given charge over it.

How Joseph ended the cycle is a template for us today. Finally those same jealous brothers needed His love as prime minister of Egypt to save their family from famine. Gen 42:7-25 

Note the wisdom in God’s word concerning Josephs concluding discourse:

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Love, hate cycle manifested its self in the post civil war time of reconstruction which was a positive time; however, this was to be followed up by the backlash of separate but equal –Jim Crow legalized segregation laws. The migrant worker rights advancement is overwhelmed by sweeping generalized cries of “send them all back.” These are just a few of many examples.

Even in our present time when the change of a Marvel comic book character evokes the sad but true commentary. (“Backlash To Black-Latino Spiderman Indicates We’re Not A Post-Racial Society.”) We must ask ourselves, have we been duped?

In 1906 there was the great awakening in the church of the Azusa street revival  and all of the multi-ethnic nuances of unity involved in that particular Pentecostal awakening.  It started with an African American man named William Seymore.  Backlash set in with dividing along racial lines from fear of miscegenation (interracial marriage) during times following this central Los Angeles small Mission event.  The Klu Klux Klan became directly involved through the divisions of in this movement led by Charles Parham and others.

The church is attempting to move into a burgeoning multi-ethnic movement with this current atmosphere.  We need to be careful that we do not get caught up in the “snapshot” mentality and become blinded by the flash of the wonderfully choreographed multicultural services and all of the self-gratification that accompanies it.  We see the faces of all of the ethnic groups in the pews but in many of these churches there is not a heterogeneous presence in the roles of the decision makers.

Don’t be fooled by pictures of multi-ethnically embraced hands or seeing different hues in the pews.  Must we ask ourselves the ultimate question…Have we simply moved the most divided hour of the week to the back church office at 11:00 and/or have we moved the time altogether to between 12:30 to 2:30, when everyone gets out of church and goes their separate ways?  

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 New Living Translation (NLT)

Let us; wherever we find ourselves in the love, hate cycle, choose the Agape Love of God and truly Build the Bridge Together over this racial era.

Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1        

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    Can we move forward?

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