Jemar Tisby And Critical Race Theory

What's up my friends, I pray that you're blessed that you are standing strong in your faith. Did you know that it's? Okay for you? And I to have disagreements that we don't always have to hold to the same point of view, that's, not always a bad thing just because you may not hold to my point of view, doesn't mean that you are criticizing me, defaming me or dehumanizing me, doesn't mean that you're causing division both camps, don't hate each other.

So what I'm going to do in this video is I want to point. Out a brother in Christ that I respect dearly, I have learned from this individual. I appreciate his advancement of racial reconciliation. But as I've read his stuff as I have examined some of his teachings, I don't agree with his approach on anti-racism and critical race there in the church. But that does not mean that we're mortal enemies. The bible says that we're not to quarrel over opinion. So I don't want to take my interpretation of certain things and create this atmosphere that I'm out to get.

Jamartisby because that is not my intent here. I love him in Christ, but it's, okay to present some red flags, some concerns and that's what I want to do. And the first red flag that I want to draw your attention to has to deal with his aligning with some anti-christian thought. Now, when I read his book how to fight, racism, I appreciate the awareness that he brings to how different people of different backgrounds and different skin color should talk about. Racism should talk about race should talk about. Equality in uniting under the banner of Jesus Christ, I appreciate that I'm thankful that he presents some of these things that are very controversial and does it in a very constructive meaningful way.

However, when you do read his book, he starts presenting some anti-christian thought to support his view on racism. And one of them is quoting from robin d'Angelo in her book, white fragility who pushes a narrative that white people are inherently racist that's. A concern he's supporting her point. Of view to get his point across and then put, you know, some bible verses around it. He also does that with Ibrahim x kind, his book, how to be an anti-racist and his narrative there is that racism is the default of the world.

So you basically have a racist or a non-racist or an anti-racist there's. No in between. Now I would say that timber defends a biblical view of the imago DEI.

But he nonetheless embraces this characterization of the human identity that is espoused by anti-christian thinkers, That does not make him an anti-christian thinker entirely. But he is bringing in points of view that undermine you guys the bible as he's trying to advance the teachings of the bible it's. One thing to say that racism is a moral evil and should never be tolerated it's quite another. When you start branding people as a racist and an anti-racist. So that sort of of of labeling people is not in the text of the bible.

The bible does not artificially superimpose the oppressed in the oppressor as the. Universal identity of humanity. This inevitably you guys, which is the red flag as well. Here leads to more discrimination. Because when you start labeling and referencing people as a racist or an anti-racist, if they were to oppose you on anything that's immediately, your go-to labeling of that person.

And that is a harsh judgment. And there again, he's, not as bad as d'Angelo in do lodge or anybody like that or Eberle kind, but he's referencing them in a way that aligns to their type of thinking. And that's something that you just need to be concerned about and aware of the second red flag is mistreating biblical texts to advance a racial ideology. You think what does this have to do with anything a lot? Because how he interprets the bible is not objective. Interpretation matter of fact in an interview with Christianity. Today, tissue said, we would first need to understand that all theological interpretation is contextual that we all bring specific priorities to the text based on our own.

Histories in social location in this sense, timber says, there's, no such thing as pure biblical interpretation. All interpretation is shaped by our histories. Now timber is partially correct in his assessment. However, here's the red flag, my friends, he overlooks the most basic standards of hermeneutics nowhere in hermeneutics. Does it teach us that personal? Uh perspective is the primary tool of interpreting. Uh, the text it's, not our color of our skin.

You guys it's, not our backgrounds that is the. Catalyst the driving force to interpret the bible. When you look at the proper standard of hermeneutics is to preserve number one. And this is in a nutshell, the original intent of the author. So we are to take the message as intended by the author when it was written the language.

It was written the tone in which it was written to the audience that it was written. So we are to respect the conditions that are produced in the message, the text to its designated recipients, the context that means the. Audience when we start messing around with those things and take away the audience and start inserting a new audience, then of course, the message is going to change when we start saying, well, this is what Paul the Apostle meant, you know, and we were emphatic about it that has not taken a proper standard of hermeneutics.

So regrettably, when I came across a lot of teachings of timber online, he did this a lot. He he's its like common practice for him to decontextualize the bible. So allow me to give you. An example and a message that time delivered earlier when I was defining the prophetic voice, I mentioned a kind of prophecy called a prophecy of deliverance. I talked about genesis, 3, 15 the offspring of the woman crushing Satan under his heel. And I said test the spirits and the way to test a foretelling spirit is to see if it came true, well, brothers and sisters that prophecy of deliverance prophesied.

All the way back in genesis, 3 15 came true. It came true when Jesus Christ, the son of god took on. Flesh and became a person and entered into our experience so that he could identify with us and express solidarity with us. Jesus Christ announced his public ministry by describing his role as a prophetic forth teller.

He said that he was anointed by god, the father to proclaim, good news to the poor liberty to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind to set at liberty, those who are oppressed. And to proclaim the year of the lord's favor that prophecy came true. And so check this out, this is. His interpretation of Luke, 4 18., because it came true you now who believe in Jesus enter into that prophetic role of forth telling the truth, even the truth about racism. So that's, one thing is that prophetic word is not for us. That's a prophecy from Isaiah that Christ himself in Luke 4 18 is reading for him not use.

And then notice what he does is he inserts a black liberation theology. He inserts a black experience to say we are to take on that prophetic word to rebuke white supremacy, white. Nationality now, why supremacy national white nationality, uh, you know, any form of racism is a moral evil that we know to be wrong. But notice the text is not describing that the primary oppression that is being described in this passage that Jesus is referring to is a spiritual kind. But notice what ISBN says white supremacy and on the cross Jesus Christ tells though who have been bent low because of oppression, you can stand up straight.

And he tells those who have bought into the myth of whiteness. And superiority that you too are in need of a savior. Now I agree that we all are in need of a savior. But as I mentioned, the primary oppression that's being described in Luke, 4 31-44, and that contextually, when you look at it is a spiritual kinder than anything else. So to get the passage to comply, though to black liberation theology timber has to interpose his personal views into the text.

And by doing this, this is, and this is the danger, ISBN undermines, the prophetic word of Isaiah. He stifles the. Messianic fulfillment and reduces Jesus's public declaration to set people free from their sins because he's primarily looking at it as a black man and those who are oppressed. And so we have to look at that. Text, Jesus has delivered white people from the racism and that's.

Not what the text teaches here's. The third red flag in timber's writings, in 2021 tissue came out very hard against, uh crew. And they were concerned about critical race theory as they were trying to make efforts to bring about. Racial reconciliation, and you know what ISBN said to them, he said, this is all about fearmongering because they're rejecting critical race theory. And he basically is saying his article. And you can go to his website, Jamar, ISBN's website.

Critical race theory, says, there's a resistance to racial. If you undermine critical race theory, you are resisting racial justice, not only that, but this being another are article. He falsely assumes that the war on critical race theory has its roots in. Conservative white churches. So basically this anybody who opposes critical race theory is opposed to racial justice. And anybody who's opposed to race theory is a racist themselves, that's, harsh judgment. You guys that is not true.

I am a biracial person just because I post critical race theory, doesn't mean, because I'm a racist, or I'm opposing racial justice, not all Christians who oppose critical race theory are making a concerted effort to undermine biblical unity among different ethnic groups. So. We can't fall prey. So again, when you go back to the press, the oppressor model of how you identify humanity in their identity that is specifically. This is what happens you're, not advancing necessarily racial reconciliation, you're discriminating people and making people feel guilty here's, a fourth and final red flag, misconstruing racial injustices. Now there are many faulty and sometimes vague assumptions in his book. When he talks about what racial justices are, for example, he says to enact society-.

Wide change people must commit to deconstructing laws that have an uh, desperate impact disparate impact on people of different races and rewrite the role. So they lead to greater equity among people of all races and ethnicities. Now if you notice ISBN definition is never well-defined.

He lacks a path of biblical justice and restoration. My friend Neil shiny wrote an article in response called a house, divided a review of timber's how to fight racism and in his blog, Neil presents two primary. Concerns first that ISBN tends to conflate racial disparities with racial injustices. And the second concern has to do with timber's use of equity over equality. In other words, in timber's mind anything that perpetuates inequalities is a result of racism, which would mean that any wealth achieved is because of discrimination. And by the same token, any poverty experienced by a person of color is because of discrimination, therefore to level, the playing field. It is necessary to if you will steal from.

Those who have more so that minorities' people who are marginalized or less fortunate can have their fair share so that we can have equal outcomes based on forcing equal opportunities. Now at the end of the day, I respect his be in his point of views. But when you look at these four red flags, they are concerning to the point of saying, hey, we need to talk about these things because if we're truly going to be advancing racial reconciliation is the approach that time is telling the church to take.

Ultimately the right one now I pray that you would weigh these red flags and that ultimately you will decide what is best for you and your family. Thank you guys for watching until next time, keep standing strong, my friends.

Dated : 22-Mar-2022