We Deny Perfect Conformity

The same people who published the unnecessary and homophobic Nashville Statement last year are at it again, this time with the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. Once again, they are back to making themselves the victim of Big Culture. They’re taking all the blame away from themselves for the legacy of racism and misogyny, and they’re making sure you’re clear women are less than men (but should still be treated kinda nice). I will not share a link, because you don’t need to read it. Instead, here’s a blackout poem (inspired by holyblackedout, an Instagram and twitter account that I love) that’ll let you know how Christians who don’t have a skewed understanding of our faith feel about social justice and the gospel.


I. scripture

we affirm breath
(how we must live).

intersectionality, feminism, and critical race theory are
spiritual

II. imago dei

we affirm every person
as divine image-bearers

we deny religion
as an image-bearer of God.

III. justice

we affirm that
societies must
correct injustices that have been imposed
through cultural prejudice

IV. god’s law

we affirm
a
call to repentance

V. sin

we affirm
all human relationships

embrace
connection

VI. gospel

we affirm
the obligation to live justly in the world

VII. salvation

we affirm
regenerating
in this life

believe.

VIII. the church

we affirm
those who contradict.
we affirm
leaders.

we deny that
lawful
activities are either evidence of saving faith or constitute a central part of the church’s mission

IX. heresy

we deny
perfect conformity

X. sexuality and marriage

we affirm
same-sex attraction
affections
woman
sexual relationship
desire

that one’s sex can be fluid
gay christian as legitimate

XI. complementarianism

we affirm
differences are good, proper, and beautiful
we affirm
love
to teach
beautifully

we deny that
women disparage
spiritual value of one

XII. race/ethnicity

we affirm that all people
are ontological equals

we deny
any
oppressors or
oppression.
we are to weep with those who weep

XIII. culture

we affirm
other cultures
those worldviews
should be celebrated
we affirm
heart
truth

we deny
individuals
to rise above
cultures

XIV. racism
we affirm that racism is a sin
and violates the law of love

we deny
the core principles of
evangelical convictions.
we deny
the contemporary evangelical movement.

social issues (or activism aimed at shaping wider culture) are
vital
to the life and health of the church
such things tend to
lead to
the gospel.

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Ari is a 20-something artist and educator. They are a mom to two cats, they love domesticity, ritual, and porch time. They have studied, loved, and learned in CT, Greensboro, NC, and ATX.

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28 Comments

  1. This is very timely and poignant for me. Yesterday I had a very uncomfortable conversation with my evangelical, pentacostal sister beecause I had to confess that I broke up with my former boyfriend, to whom I had been engaged. This was only the tip of the iceburg of what I am now hiding from her… I used to wish she would draw closer to me, and now, I’m not sure i want to speak to her for a very long time. I just know she’d say that every part of my life right now is thee work of the devil. I must read this poem a few more times to tell myself otherwise, for it represents my truth. Thank you once again for reaffirming and supporting my life, which feels in crisis right now.

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