Perhaps they both are perceived to protect their own. It has been this silence against injustice and choosing “whiteness” over proclaiming the Word of God, that perhaps Cory Booker was thinking when he made this comment below:
But since it’s MLK day, allow me to share a post I made yesterday on Facebook in response to the quote attributed to Booker:
“Today at my own church, two brothers spoke open and honestly about race and the church (and not because it’s MLK-day tomorrow). In nearly 30+ years of attending church services, I can NEVER recall any non-African-American speakers giving a message about race (note: today wasn’t the first time during a message at the church I’m currently attending, but certainly the first predominately “white” church that I’ve ever heard address the issue). I think Booker’s comments below summarize those of many, as the ears are closed to the gospel because of the racist actions seen by the eyes. In the U.S., Christianity has been used by white supremacist with complete silence from the Church, yet those in the Church will say to Muslims, “Why don’t you so-called good-Muslims speak out against terrorists if you really don’t support them?” I’m thankful that today, some steps were made by some true brothers in Christ.
Actions were made to go with the words that we say are true, but all of us struggle to live out daily before the very world we are trying to reach. There will always be something that someone can say as to why they do not want to hear the gospel. Yet our job is to just make sure we aren’t the stumbling block, because the gospel offends and convicts the heart more than enough and needs no further help from us.
1 Cor. 1:22-24 / “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
Also, mad props over to Ken Hamm at Answers In Genesis and author of One Race One Blood, as I just saw he posted this as well:
It truly reinforces Dr. King’s statement that, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
I’m glad to see more good people, and good being defined by their position in Christ and not of their own works (or any of our so-called “good works”) are becoming more fearless in proclaiming the gospel and showing the world that we’re about Christ and him crucified, not our ethnicity and our power.