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Russell Moore of ERLC sits down with Matt Hall, VP for Academic Services at Southern Seminary, who is completing his doctoral work on the history of civil rights and the gospel in the Southern Baptist Convention:

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4 thoughts on “Race in America: Why the Past Matters (A Discussion between Russell Moore and Matthew Hall)”

  1. Curt Day says:

    Things to like about this video. Moore and Hall are keeping problems with racism in the forefront rather than have them swept under the rug of history. Hall’s attitude is admirable especially about his own past failures. He does a good job of tying together the importance of missions and the need to keep reviewing racism especially our nation’s past sins.

    The problems include attributing racism practiced by White Southern Baptists from the past was done blindly but with good intentions. That is not to deny that there were some good intentions. But Hall either denies or minimizes the bad intentions that are always a part of racism. Thus, Hall not only talks about the blindness past White Southern Baptists had to the harm of their actions, he does an inadequate job of pointing out the bad intentions such White Southern Baptists had.

    Finally, as good as it is to see a more concentrated effort made by the Church to address racism, there is another ism that is just as harmful. That is economic classism. And statistics show that they are not unrelated. For if we take a look at the wealth disparity of countries like the US and the Union of South Africa still see between Blacks and Whites, we that despite the growing social and political equality that we see between these races, the wealth disparity problems continue. And that is because though the political and social changed, the economic systems have not gone through the necessary changes to increase financial equality in society in either country.

  2. george canady says:

    When I think of all those who have passed who worked and prayed for these days, what a warmth it brings to my heart to imagine them rejoicing with tears and thanks to God. Thank you Dr. Moore and Mr Hall for the work you do on this subject on behalf of us living and as a monument to those who did not see these great days of gospel centered, missioned minded, in house reconciliation.

  3. Bruce Russell says:

    American fundamentalism/evangelicalism has such an unbiblically individualistic conception of salvation that they couldn’t see that the first step of baptism would be to embrace all brothers as true equals in Christ. The commandment of Jews to embrace Gentiles was a wrenching adjustment in the 1st century, somehow this aspect of the Gospel was lost in Protestantism.

  4. Mr. Conservative says:

    Good discussion, and I agree with what was said, but I am also concerned about the goal of racial diversity replacing the preeminence of the gospel (maybe believers of the Jim Crow day thought the same way and justified their blindness, I don’t know). Yes, tear down barriers to anyone coming into the church (like James 2 describes), treat Jew/Gentile, Slave/Free, man/women as one in Christ (Gal. 3:28), and confront prejudice in the church when you see it, especially when it is an obstacle to the gospel (Gal. 2:11-14). BUT once that is done, preach the gospel clearly brother and whomever wants to come hear it, let them come! Don’t worry about percentages of who is black, white, latino, etc. And don’t give the pulpit over to causes–however good they are–pro-life, racial diversity, world peace (although those topics will come up as you preach the scriptures–and when they do, preach it bro!)

    Am I over-reacting? Straw-manning (responding to something you didn’t really say)?…I do have that tendency.

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