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On Monday, Pastor Tony Evans and basketball player Clark Kellogg hosted the first-ever National Day of Prayer for College Coaches.
The third and final post of Dr. Sawyer's thoughts and concerns on CRT.In this third and final article in our three-part series on critical race theory, I want to offer three more cautions regarding CRT, a salient concluding point, and a final exhortation.Caution 6) CRT Tenets 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 14 alongside applications of standpoint theory (knowledge is situated; the marginalized see more clearly) can lead one to believe that white pastors need to essentially ‘sit down and shut up’ when it comes to offering and contributing insight regarding racial issues and solutions. It can lead one (falsely) to believe the following category of persons doesn’t exist: non-racist (no apologies to antiracism discourse), white, male pastors who are fully equipped by the Holy Spirit to lead their ethnically diverse congregation on matters of race as well as make meaningful and notable contributions about race to the Church and society. While wisdom will dictate that those who have more direct experience of racism will be sought ought out for their particular insight and understanding, it does not follow that a lack of a certain experience of racism, or worse, a lack of melanin, disqualifies one for speaking into issues of race. It is the quality of the idea versus the quality of the identity of the person offering the idea that should dictate the counsel honored and the course of action taken. Duly called pastors have authority in the churches they oversee, regardless of their ethnicity or the ethnic make-up of their members, and are empowered to speak to any matter the Scriptures speak to (Acts 20:27; 1 Timothy 3:2-5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Moreover, the Church is diverse (Revelation 5:9; 7:9) and consequently local churches are expected to reflect the diversity of the communities in which ...Continue reading...
Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:1. Update: Rand Paul Pushes for Sanity in the Transgender DebateLike most parents, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has watched this train of transgender activism barrel down the tracks at speeds no one can believe. In just a handful of years, he’s seen the Left’s activists work our country over, softening it up for the end of the sexes, the mutilation of young healthy bodies, the deconstruction of science and medicine.2. Update: SCOTUS Reiterates Its Open-Door Policy on ChurchesIt’s a battle, Pastor Mike McClure said, that he “never wanted to be in.” But it’s a battle that God called him to fight—and he knows it. Keeping his church open hasn’t been easy, but then being obedient in the face of controversy usually isn’t. Still, Pastor Mike pointed out, it’s amazing when you do what’s right how “the Lord just shows up.”3. Blog: Holy Boldness: The Uncommon Courage of Dietrich BonhoefferMere days after the major networks called the 2020 presidential race for Joe Biden, many who questioned the integrity of the election were quickly banned from major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. What started with former President Trump being banned turned into much more.4. Blog: The Equality Act Demands Conformity to Moral AnarchyThe House of Representatives recently passed the Equality Act, legislation that supporters say is necessary to protect those who identify as LGBT from unjust discrimination. While some praised the passing of the bill, a careful analysis of the bill reveals that the Equality Act would stigmatize anyone who holds a Christian worldview.5. Washington Watch: David Closson Explains Landmines for Christians in Pursuing ‘Equality’ That Contradicts ScriptureWhat is a biblical perspective on the Equality Act? Before the U.S. House vote on the Equality Act, David Closson, FRC’s Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, joined Tony Perkins to discuss.6. Washington Watch: Sen. Marsha Blackburn Says the Dems’ COVID ‘Relief’ is a Cover for Radical Pro-Abortion PolicySen. Marsha Blackburn joined Tony Perkins to discuss the politicization of COVID relief to advance a liberal agenda, and the House Democrats’ letter demanding cable providers censor Newsmax, One America News, and Fox News.7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: UnashamedOn this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins, Congressman Greg Steube, and Al Robertson share how Christians can unashamedly stand for biblical truth within the “cancel culture.”
Challenges to religious freedom continue to persist and intensify around the world, and it can be difficult to wrap our minds around these many diverse threats. It is important that we make an effort, however, because Scripture prompts us to remember our Christian brothers and sisters who are imprisoned and mistreated (Heb. 13:3).If we are going to remember the persecuted, we must first learn their stories and empathize with their plight. A great way to start is by reading about the experiences of those who have lived in persecuted contexts.Here are eight books that demonstrate the critical importance of religious freedom and can help us empathize with the persecuted:God’s Hostage by Andrew BrunsonAmerican pastor Andrew Brunson had ministered at a small Turkish church for years. Then, he unjustly got swept up in the government’s crackdown on a 2016 coup attempt. In his book, he opens up about the hardships he endured in prison and what God taught him through it all. Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh AmirizadehMaryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh converted to Christianity in Iran, where it is illegal to do so. But they chose to share their newfound faith rather than stay in hiding. As a result, they discovered what one of the region’s most notorious prisons is like.Under the Same Sky by Joseph KimJoseph Kim grew up in North Korea, the world’s most repressed country. It wasn’t until he managed to escape to China that he learned about Christianity.The Last Girl by Nadia MuradNadia Murad lived a simple, rural life in Iraq until ISIS invaded her region and committed a genocide against her people. As a young Yazidi woman, she was taken by ISIS militants and sold into slavery before finally managing to escape.Goodbye, Antoura by Karnig PanianKarnig Panian was just a boy when Ottoman forces began their genocide against Armenians. Sent to an orphanage that taught him to abandon his Christian traditions and embrace a Turkish identity, he and other orphans endured immense challenges as the genocide occurred.God’s Double Agent by Bob FuBorn in Communist China, Bob Fu converted to Christianity and soon became a house church leader, evading the restrictive government. After being caught and sent to prison, he and his wife fled, where he began a new life as a human rights advocate in the United States.Saving My Assassin by Virginia ProdanIn Ceausescu’s Romania, Virginia Prodan became a lawyer, always searching for the truth. When she finally found it in Christianity, she began defending Romanian Christians and churches in court.God’s Smuggler by Brother AndrewThis Dutch missionary known as “Brother Andrew” smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union. As he risked his safety to visit churches under communist regimes, he discovered what it meant to support the persecuted church. He eventually founded Open Doors.***This is by no means an exhaustive list, but reading these stories will broaden your worldview and expose you to some of the challenges experienced by believers simply trying to live out their faith. A few of these book recommendations are set in the past. Even though the specific circumstances described may have changed, the past has much to teach us about present threats to religious freedom and those that might surface in the future.For more background information on current religious freedom challenges around the world, keep an eye out for FRC’s “International Religious Freedom 101” blog series. You can read the first installment about Turkey here.
In his recent State of the Church address, Pastor John MacArthur argued that he could not fight for religious freedom because it encourages idolatry.
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