Blogger and church planter, T.C. Moore is convinced that Calvinism doesn’t serve the black community well. Why? Well, according to Mr. Moore, “Calvinism perpetuates the demonic lie that power is best demonstrated in strength and control.” Mr. Moore clearly does not think well of Calvinism, as the conclusion to his post The “Big God” Lie and Why It’s Dangerously Wrong reveals:
Black U.S. Americans are not well-served by Calvinism and they never have been. The Calvinist conceptions of power as control and special chosen-ness are directly responsible for centuries of racial injustice and oppression. Black U.S. Americans must reject Calvinism and embrace the beautiful power-in-weakness of Jesus.
Mr. Moore begins his post, “Being black and Reformed is hot right now. If you’re a black Christian male in the U.S. and you want to be cool and sound smart, all you have to do is talk about the “doctrines of grace,” God’s glory, and Penal Substitution.”
I am black and Reformed, not because I want “to be cool and sound smart.” Rather, I’m Reformed because of seriously wrestling with Scripture. In college and seminary I was taught to violently reject Calvinism, not because it was “responsible for centuries of racial injustice and oppression,” but because it was deemed “unbiblical.”
I remember purchasing J.I. Packer’s Knowing God at a used bookstore and putting it down because of its Calvinism. I wasn’t forced to read Packer. It was a choice. Neither was I looking “to be cool and sound smart.”
As I conclude, for the record let me emphatically say, Calvinism is no more responsible for racial injustice and oppression than Christianity, which was viewed as a tool in the White man’s hands to enslave and oppress.
Sinful and evil hearts. Aberrations. Distortions. Pride. Hatred. These are the real culprits of racial injustice and oppression, not Calvinism.