April 19, 2021 | From One News Now
Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Ph.D. is a professor of practical theology at Georgia’s Mercer University, which was founded by Baptists almost two centuries ago but has since grown secular roots. The professor contributed to a devotional book called “A Rhythm of Prayer.” The book contains her “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman,” which starts with the lines:
“Dear God, please help me to hate white people. Or at least to want to hate them.” . . .
“At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.” . . .
In the devotion, Walker-Barnes cites as heroic the hatred of Jonah toward the Ninevites and the indifference of Lot toward Sodom. And to be clear, Walker-Barnes doesn’t request help in hating all white people – but only the “nice ones.” . . .
Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian apologist, contends that Mercer needs to do some soul-searching.
“Mercer was founded by the Baptists in 1833, and if they have one thread, one shred of common sense and fidelity to God’s Word, this ‘professor’ – quote, unquote – should be fired,” he tells One News Now.
“Notice it doesn’t say ‘hate racist white people’ – although that in itself would be bad,” McFarland continues, “because if you’re a follower of the true and living God, you can’t hate anybody.” . . .
“Race has become an idol to many black Americans,” he states. “[Many of them promote] the idea that every white person is a racist, [and argue] I’m due all these special rights, and I’m a victim and let’s slash and burn America. [These attitudes about] race and wokeness and social justice – even for some Christian blacks – has become an idol.”
According to her website, Walker-Barnes is an “ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression” – and whose faith “has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, and evangelical social justice communities as well as by Buddhism and Islam.” . . .
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(Excerpt from One News Now. Article bySteve Jordahl. Photo Credit: Canva.)