The warnings from Rev. Fields to the white evangelical community are an important message to hear. However, a point Rev. Fields failed to mention is the actions of those radical, supposedly evangelical Christian Republicans in our nation’s Capitol may not have reflected the thoughts or beliefs of all mainstream white evangelical Christians.
For myself, a member of the Baptist church for more than 54 years, being white or Black has never been an issue in any church of which I’ve been a member.
I lived through the 1960s in Dallas before I came into the church, but my parents did not teach me to be racist. They taught me to be respectful of all God’s creation, including all people, animals and all the Earth.
The churches I’ve attended, held membership in, and been part-time staff in over the past several decades have had members of various colors and nationalities.
I wholeheartedly agree with Rev. Fields that we must never forget our mission or our first love. However, I’m not convinced those radicals who rioted and were destructive were mainstream Baptists at all. I hope and pray they were not, just as I join with Rev. Fields in praying our political climate will not distract us from our common goal of reaching the lost of every nation, color or persuasion for Christ.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ save us from our own follies as we move through the next several days, and may his divine will and wisdom prevail.