Michael Brown on Insights From Some Black Christian Friends on Social Media

A protester and a police officer shake hands in the middle of a standoff during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

One of the great benefits of hosting a daily talk radio show for the last 12 years is that you learn a lot from your callers, gaining new and different perspectives. That’s why I regularly solicit input from my social media audiences as well. This way, we can learn from each other instead of passing like ships in the night.

In that spirit, on June 10, I posted this on the AskDrBrown Facebook page:

“To my black brothers and sisters in Jesus, please share your thoughts with your white brothers and sisters here, as part of the same family and one together in Jesus.

“If you’ve been following my articles and broadcasts, you know I take strong exception to the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement because of its radical social agenda, and I refuse to bow my knee to mobocracy. At the same time, I absolutely want to show my solidarity to my black friends in times of pain and frustration, and I want to be an ally to combat racism wherever we find it. But I have friends of mine who are pastors and are finding this a very difficult line to walk, since their rejection of the BLM movement and the mob mentality is being perceived as lack of solidarity in standing against injustice.

“So, what would you say to your white friends who stand with you against racism and injustice but will not bow down to the BLM movement?

“Thanks for your input and your solidarity as we stand united in Jesus.”

As of this writing, we received almost 800 comments, so I could barely begin to share some of the excellent feedback. And comments like this one (which merited deletion) were extremely rare: “I would say you are a racist and good riddance. You are no longer a valid participant in my life. It’s quite apparent you are ignorant beyond belief and it is not my job to educate you. FYI you saying you stand with me and not back BLM says you don’t really stand for me at all. #canceled”

So much for reaching out!

But overwhelmingly, the comments were very useful, leading to helpful, interracial discussion. Many expressed appreciation that I took the time to hear the hearts of those who are hurting. When white Christians deny the ongoing issues of racism in America, that only adds to the pain.

Others were glad that my colleagues and I had not bowed down to radical political ideologies. At the same time, they urged, “Let your statement that black lives matter be louder than your opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News