Fifty years ago, the greatest minds of evangelical Christianity failed to apply the Scriptures accurately in the great test of the Civil Rights movement. The non-black religious leaders who marched in the movement were largely from Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and mainline faiths. Many leaders in the evangelical church were invisible, silent and distant. And many more were part of the oppression of black lives. Even though the evangelical church has now adopted the Civil Rights reforms, the core of its theology that allowed this failure has not changed. Will we fail again in our generation?
Between the period of 1880-1940 when almost 5000 black men and women were lynched, white male evangelical theologians and pastors failed to address this monstrous atrocity. The sermons and theology books written at this time ignored this cruel injustice. Will we fail again as black bodies are being lynched still in our generation?