Believe it or not, I am about to juxtapose, Jeremiah 5, Revelation 1 and Critical Race Theory – AND keep them all in context ! The year is 2021. One with Eyes like fire (Revelation 1:14); the Man Who spent more time confronting His own covenant people about their racial sin than anyone else in the Bible, is walking among our American evangelical lamp-stand (Revelation 1:13). His sharp, piercing Tongue (Revelation 1:16) declares our antiCRT self-justification “deceitful” (Jeremiah 5:1) and “false” (Jeremiah 5:2). You wanna tell Jesus you’re confronting socialism? He may just confront you with the Siletz. In 1856, after decades of invading their land, hunting, building, burning, and breaking constitutional treaty after treaty, the American war department forced the Siletz people onto a reservation stretching 111 miles down the Oregon coast; some of the most bountiful land in all of America. In 1954 the US government rescinded its land-grant to the Siletz, and in an official act known as “the termination” determined that it would no longer recognize any of the native nations, its own treaties or the constitutional rights of these Oregonians themselves. 1954. While your parents were listening to “Sh-boom” and “Three Coins in a Fountain”. Whole families were forcibly removed from land they had logged, fished and farmed for hundreds of years; their children forced into reeducation camps and schools. Today, where 38 distinct nations existed, there now exists 9. The rest of the people are no more. The people who fought to be re-recognized by our government are now plagued with rampant drug-addiction, suicide, unemployment rates over 90% and extreme poverty. Some miraculously embrace our same Jesus. What part of this story did either the Democrats or the Republicans object to? What part of this story did our Pentecostal parents (who greatly inhabited this land after WW2) protest? What part of this story would you tolerate if some foreign power had inflicted it on your family? What part of this story should future generations of evangelical children not be taught?
Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; see now and know, and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes judgment, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her. Though they say “As the Lord lives,” surely they swear falsely. O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to return. Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor, they are foolish; for they do not know the way of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 5:1-4)
JSB • October, 2021