My friend Pastor Kevin Yoho recently posted some thoughts on the situation in Ferguson and the surprising (mostly) non-response from churches in the area. You can read his thoughts here: Ferguson Hope. Not Wanted: Churches Doomed Under the Dome.
I wanted to add two comments from my conversation with him:
Just read your article and I would agree that many churches are trapped by an inverted mindset, which keeps them, as you said it “under the dome”. If causes like racial reconciliation are ancillary to their main goal, then the tepid response we see is unsurprising, but if people understood that one sign of the gospel they proclaim is racial reconciliation, because it demonstrates that the Kingdom of God is at hand with Christ as Lord over every people, tribe, tongue and nation then all of a sudden serving our brothers and sisters of other races, ethnicities, languages, etc becomes essential to Christ’s call on our lives, our congregations and our witness for the gospel.
A quick thought on privilege—as I understand it, privilege is not a problem except that people do not realize what privilege is for. It is not meant to be solely for their own good, but to be exercised in love towards those who do not have it in order to lift them up. I think for example of the apostle Paul who had the privileges of being a Roman citizen, but chose to exercise those rights in order to advance the gospel and for the good of the believers he was serving (e.g. demanding a public apology from the high officials after they wrongly beat and jailed him so that the gospel and the church would be vindicated in the sight of everyone). Likewise believers of privilege today are able to use the preferences and status afforded to them to speak for those who have no voice and to defend the rights of the poor and the oppressed. This is precisely what their “kingly” privilege is for (cf Proverbs 31:8-9).
Thanks for sharing your post!