Anglican Scholar Gerald McDermott Says Christian Leaders Are Embracing a Compromised Gospel on Race Relations After Police Killing of George Floyd

An Anglican scholar is warning that amid ongoing political developments related to racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Christians are embracing a compromised Gospel as it relates to race.

In a Thursday essay at First Things, author and scholar Gerald McDermott of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote that in light of recent turmoil many parishioners and church leaders are “adopting a race narrative that is empirically and theologically suspect.”

Whatever their denomination, many of these leaders are now opining that the United States is structurally or systemically racist and are shifting their ministry efforts to address racism, he said. Under the influence of what is known as Critical Race Theory, many white Christians are eager to display their virtue by confessing their “white privilege.” But this posture deserves greater theological scrutiny, he said.

“Paul said, ‘From now on, we regard no one according to the flesh.’ He saw other people as present or potential members of the ‘new creation’: ‘The old has passed away and the new has come,’” McDermott observed, referencing 2 Corinthians 5:16–17.

“The new creation, wrote John, is made up of people ‘from every nation (ethnous), tribe, people, and language'” he added, citing Revelation 7:9. “Nations (ta ethne) in the New Testament world were often multiracial, like the United States, but typically united by a common culture. The early church recognized that culture was rooted not in skin color but in religious cultus.”

McDermott is editor of the forthcoming book Race and Covenant: Retrieving the Religious Roots for American Reconciliation.

When the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3 that “in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek” he was speaking about how Jesus brings unity based on religion, not race because Greeks and Jews come in many colors and that skin color is skin deep, McDermott noted. The only two “races,” in the minds of the Apostles, were old creation and new creation.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter