The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to Amen. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS
For this special episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast, I spoke with Mika Edmondson, pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a church plant in southeast Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently earned a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on King’s theology of suffering. We talked about how sin doesn’t go away with time, but can only be healed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and about the need to practice loving church discipline for unrepentant racists. My questions include:
- What would you say to someone surprised by the public presence of these white demonstrators?
- Why is it so hard to shed the stain of racialized sin in the United States?
- I don’t know any churches that would openly endorse what’s happening in Charlottesville. But it’s entirely possible some or even many of these men had or have connections to the church. What can pastors do to lead with biblical conviction where such attitudes may hide just under the surface?
- History is the ostensible reason for these protests; specifically, Confederate history in the home state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and American history at the university founded by slaveholder Thomas Jefferson. How does the gospel of Jesus Christ address our relationship with this history?
- Let’s speak to pastors watching Charlottesville from afar, outside the American South, leading predominantly white congregations. Should they say something about these events tomorrow morning? If so, what?