Rhetorical question: Should the visible Church advance the cause of a group whose mission is at odds with the Gospel?
Campus ministry InterVarsity Fellowship says it not only is embracing and promoting the Black Lives Matter movement, it is urging the Church to do the same, much to the alarm and dismay of many alumni and parents who are objecting loudly.
At InterVarsity’s Urbana missions conference last week in St. Louis where 16,000 swaying and praying evangelical Christian students gathered together, Faith for Justice speaker and activist Michelle Higgins (who consults for Leftist Jim Wallis of SoJourners), called Black Lives Matter “misunderstood” and that it is “a movement on mission in the truth of God.”
(Warning: This is hard for discerning people to listen to):
Posts past Urbana attendee and radio host Janet Mefford:
This had NOTHING to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ or the cause of missions. This is nothing less than full-on radical recruitment of mostly unaware white evangelical students to a cause founded by "queer" black women. InterVarsity, you ought to be hanging your heads in shame for foisting this Leftist garbage on kids who came to get inspired about Christian missions. (And I say this as a former Urbana attendee!)
Where is the Gospel in anything the group Black Lives Matter touches? And will our next generation take this seriously?
InterVarsity has already taken a high dive into teaching Contemplative Spirituality based on experience over Scripture. Its focus on the Catholic "Desert Fathers" Breath Prayers and meditative mantras is enough for concern, and yet remains hugely influential, boasting more than 41,000 members of chapters around world. This year’s conference, attended by 16,000 young people, also hosted David Platt and Francis Chan, two widely respected and leaders among students. (Be sure to do your research on Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Prayer.)
InterVarsity’s official statement is titled "InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter" assuring concerned Christians that they don’t endorse everything BLM does, but there’s just enough truth in what this organization stands for (that God created black people in His image and that they deserve respect), that they unashamedly continue to ask the Church to embrace this movement no matter what else BLM is into.
InterVarsity calls the movement exciting and “messy,” but get on board anyway.
In other words, get on board with an organization whose leaders are calling for violence against police officers, and whose organized riots have shut down airports and malls, whose guiding principles include "Transgender Affirmation" & "Queer Affirmation" and whose mission statement endorses “disrupting the Western prescribed nuclear family”:
"We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable."
In addition to that, we are to give a platform to a woman who promotes MoveOn.Org, and whose Faith for Justice: Continuing the Story of Biblical Activism “ministry consults with:
World Journalism Institute
Billy Graham Ministries (Really?)
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Plant Midwest, Metropolitan Clergy United
New City Network
Evangelicals for Social Action
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.