Racism and sexual sin were among the facets of holiness addressed during the 2018 Together for the Gospel conference during nine plenary sessions attended by more than 12,500 evangelicals.
“Distinct from the world” was the theme of the April 11-13 sessions in the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky. The conference also featured various panel discussions, breakout sessions and other gatherings.
Speakers David Platt and R. Albert Mohler Jr. addressed the key issues of racism and sexual sin, respectively, during their messages.
Platt, outgoing president of the International Mission Board and pastor of McLean Bible Church in northern Virginia, preached from Amos 5 in a sermon titled “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: Racism and Our Need for Repentance.”
He acknowledged “landmines” associated with such a sensitive topic, particularly in a room of 12,000 people who likely represented thousands of opinions and perspectives.
From the text of Amos 5, in which the prophet Amos indicted the people of Israel for participating in religious ceremonies while ignoring injustice around them, Platt pointed to three “indictments” from Amos to the Israelites: 1) “They were eagerly anticipating future salvation while they were conveniently denying present sin”; 2) “They were indulging in worship while they were ignoring injustice”; and 3) “They were carrying on their religion while they were refusing to repent.”
The point of the passage, as it relates to justice and injustice, Platt said, is this: “God is not honored by mouths that are quick to sing and hands quick to raise in worship when those same mouths are slow to speak and those same hands are slow to act against injustice.”
Beyond “caveats” of other forms of injustice in the United States and around the world, Platt pointed to multiple forms of racism that exist in regard to white-black tensions in the United States, particularly among Christians.
Platt rhetorically asked T4G attendees: “Have we been, or are we now, slow to speak and slow to work against racial injustice around us?”
The answer, he said, is a “resounding yes” — evangelical churches and church leaders in the United States have been “slow to speak and slow to work against racial injustice” and, thus, have “historically widened, and are currently widening, the racial divide in [the] country.”
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Source: Baptist Press