There’s nothing funnier than a “guilty, white liberal,” and I don’t mean a “laugh with” kind of funny, more of a “laugh at” level of humor.
A suburban Chicago church has decided to give up something very peculiar and very hate-filled for Lent — “any music that is associated with white people,” according to Fox News.
The First United Church of Oak Park initially sent out a statement on their mission for Lent, which is to focus the music used in the place of worship throughout the time period on pretty much any music that wasn’t written by white people.
“In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people,”the statement reportedly read. "Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more.”
That's all well and good. Nothing against those types of songs and traditions, but what does any of that music that the church wants to use have to do with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
The first bit of irony involved with this move is what was said in another portion of the statement.
“For Lent, it is our prayer that in our spiritual disciplines we may grow as Christians, united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races, and origins,” the statement hypocritically continued.
Fox News also reported, "The church is also reportedly promoting reflections that it calls "evotionals" which have supported the idea of 'fasting from whiteness.'"
So this church wants Christians to be “united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races, and origins”…unless the music used in a service was written by white people. But that’s totally not racist at all.
The Presbyterian church issued a follow-up statement on Wednesday in response to pushback against their racist Lent edict.
Our Lenten theme has spurred considerable discussion, with some people questioning the message. In practice with the Lenten spiritual discipline of fasting, our intent was to lay aside our usual frames of reference and open ourselves to hearing the Gospel message through the voices of Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color. Our worship services in Lent have been diverse and beautiful. We pray that God oils the hinges of our hearts’ doors that they might swing open gently to receive the good news of Christ’s resurrection, which we all await at the culmination of Lent.
Oh, okay. So they’ve just made this move in order to “open ourselves to hearing the Gospel message through the voices of Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color,” because tolerance, right?
I don’t understand why they can’t use all music written by all people.
I might’ve buried the largest example of irony in this story, but sometimes you have to save the best for last.
The head pastor…of The First United Church of Oak Park…is white. Of course, neither Pastor John Edgerton or the church office responded to Fox News Digital for comment.
Another “guilty, white liberal,” who happens to run a place of worship, telling his congregation to exclude the music of a specific group of people because of their skin color.