A Thoughtful Acceptance
I hope we’re seeing a resurgence in the embrace of reformed theology among African Americans. I hope the glorious doctrines of Scripture are spreading more widely, rapidly, and deeply among all of God's people, in particular my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Throughout history, African Americans have not blindly or uncritically appropriated or adopted theology. There has been an interrogation of reformed theology with a concern for Christian ethics and witness.
Bringing Together Good Theology and Social Justice
What I think I’m seeing is the marriage of historical, orthodox, reformed theology with a centuries-long concern for justice, witness, and mercy. I think the two enrich each other. A big sovereign God who rules the universe has great joy and confidence in advancing the cause of righteousness, mercy, and justice. Mercy and justice have a way of adorning the gospel of our Lord.
I’m excited for the ways in which I see young men and women, Civil Rights era African Americans, in urban and suburban settings, and across hip-hop culture, laying hold of these truths and applying them in their context.
If the church is to prosper and mature, she will need faithful men to lead and care for her.
We have solid, historical, and biblical grounds upon which to stand as we seek to be an instrument of God in spreading his righteousness, peace, and joy throughout the world.
The church needs the light of the truth that is the glorious and biblical doctrines recovered during the Reformation.