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Summary An introductory survey of American history and the relationship of the church to racism.Racism is hard to talk about because we have a hard time agreeing with what racism is Not only are there disagreements on what the definition of racism is, but conflicts often devolve into, That was racist and I don t understand how you can say that was racist The Color of Compromise is an introductory survey of how the church has compromised with racism over history Early chapters cover slavery and the divides within the church over the Civil War, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights movement All of this is well done and important, but also a history that I think many will be relatively familiar with.I think where The Color of Compromise is most valuable and essential and will be most controversial is the last several chapters where racism is less overt Tisby uses comparisons with Billy Graham and a few others to show that even when there may not be an intention, harm can still occur.In previous eras, racism among Christian believers was much easier to detect and identify Professing believers openly used racial slurs, participated in beatings and lynchings, fought wars to preserve slavery, or used the Bible to argue for the inherent inferiority of black people And those who did not openly resist these actions those who remained silent were complicit in their acceptance Since the 1970s, Christian complicity in racism has become difficult to discern It is hidden, but that does not mean it no longer exists page 155 The word compromise in the Color of Compromise was well chosen Racism is not just overt harmful action, but also the times when it is easier not to say or do anything The examples of Billy Graham compared to Martin Luther King Jr, and other figures from our recent past do give the best illustrations in the book about how subtle, but real, lack of attention to how racial lines create reinforce historic racial divides.Early in the book when talking about Reconstruction, Tisby says, Even after the calamitous events of the Civil War, many citizens and politicians maintained a moderate stance on race and civil rights Unionists in the North tended to show concern about the status of former white Confederates than for the status of freedpeople page 92 It is easier to see with overt actions, but the later chapters are important in showing that when the church is racially isolated or assumes White normative culture or bias, those that are not White are alienated Said another way, if we as individuals have a view of the person we are identifying within a situation and we default to identifying with the White people in the story, but we do not include identifying with non White people in the story, then we have drawn a line about who we have included as children of God and who we have not.The tragedy of the Color of Compromise is not just that slavery or Jim Crow happened and that at the church was mostly on the wrong side The tragedy of the Color of Compromise is that because slavery and Jim Crow happened, and minority Christians were largely pushed out Separate White and non White churches arose, leaving a relational break, which led to a cultural separation, which has resulted in a modern lack of empathy and a lack of awareness among much of the White church that there even is a problem.The church as a whole is no longer fighting about whether slavery is biblical there is still some discussion on these questions, but not much The church as a whole has not however, adequately grappled with how patterns of history have led to the continued separation that today has resulted in a compromised church that is unable to address racism squarely.The same review is on my blog at I have been following Jemar Tisby s work for a couple of years now and have been eagerly anticipating the release of his new book The Color of Compromise, so when calls went out for advance readers, I raised my hand high I ve been digesting the book slowly for a few weeks and here is what most amazes me I have been reading and studying America s racial past for a while now, but this specific history of the American church s leading role in maintaining racism has been, for the most part, previously unknown to me I think that there is a part of my heart that felt that all true followers of Jesus during the colonial era were abolitionists Not true And I certainly thought that all abolitionists were free of racism Also not true I thought that white churches during the Civil Rights Movement were either supportive or silent, but I was surprised to discover that segregation was both preached from the pulpit and used as a core founding principle for the Religious Right It was not abortion that bound the Moral Majority together, but rather move to establish private schools in order flee integrated ones Understanding the ways that racism has evolved since the slavery has repeatedly brought me to my knees in lament Reading that the church and many Christian leaders have lent their overwhelming support to that evolution is a whole new level of devastating I read A LOT of history because I think that it s important The parts of our history that we don t know or the stories we sweep under the carpet are the bits that come back to bite us Also reading history keeps me from naively believing the many false narratives that pervade our thinking about The Land of the Free And so it follows that for a Christian, reading and knowing the history of the American church s complicity in maintaining a racist society, is the only way to begin to break the cycle of that complicity.It s been a long, sad slog of complicity, but Jemar Tisby graciously tells it under 300 pages, stating himself that it is a historical survey rather than a comprehensive treatment Also, he reminds us from the very beginning that it is his love of the church that compels him to tell this truth He is not writing from the perspective of someone who written off the church, but as someone who wants to see a better day in the American church He maintains hope that we can still seek unity across racial and ethnic lines, that we can still see God s kingdom come But first, like the people of Israel who mourned when Ezra read them the word they had forgotten and forsaken, we have some reckoning to do We cannot gloss over the sins of the past or we will continue to allow their subtle forms in the present Jemar closes the book with a chapter full of practical ways to address current racial injustice in America, because when we know how hard those who have gone before us have worked to erect racial barriers, surely we will want to know how to do the work of taking them down Here s a paragraph from the book that will continue to inspire and admonish me in the days ahead Although our eternal peace is secure, a diverse but unified body of Christ will only come through struggle in this life A survey of the history of racism and the church shows that the story is worse than most imagine Christianity in America has been tied to the fallacy fo white supremacy for hundreds of years European colonists brought with them the ideas of white superiority and paternalism toward darker skinned people On this sandy foundation, they erected a society and religion that could only survive through the subjugation of people of color Minor repairs by the weekend warrior racial reconcilers won t fix a flawed foundation The church needs the Carpenter from Nazareth to deconstruct the house that racism built and remake it into a house for all nations Amen #EBOOK × The Color of Compromise ⚣ An Acclaimed, Timely Narrative Of How People Of Faith Have Historically Up To The Present Day Worked Against Racial Justice And A Call For Urgent Action By All Christians Today In Response The Color Of Compromise Is Both Enlightening And Compelling, Telling A History We Either Ignore Or Just Don T Know Equal Parts Painful And Inspirational, It Details How The American Church Has Helped Create And Maintain Racist Ideas And Practices You Will Be Guided In Thinking Through Concrete Solutions For Improved Race Relations And A Racially Inclusive ChurchThe Color Of Compromise Takes You On A Historical, Sociological, And Religious Journey From America S Early Colonial Days Through Slavery And The Civil WarCovers The Tragedy Of Jim Crow Laws, The Victories Of The Civil Rights Era, And The Strides Of Today S Black Lives Matter MovementReveals The Cultural And Institutional Tables We Have To Flip In Order To Bring About Meaningful IntegrationCharts A Path Forward To Replace Established Patterns And Systems Of Complicity With Bold, Courageous, Immediate ActionIs A Perfect Book For Pastors And Other Faith Leaders, Students, Non Students, Book Clubs, Small Group Studies, History Lovers, And All Lifelong LearnersThe Color Of Compromise Is Not A Call To Shame Or A Platform To Blame White Evangelical Christians It Is A Call From A Place Of Love And Desire To Fight For A Racially Unified Church That No Longer Compromises What The Bible Teaches About Human Dignity And Equality A Call That Challenges Black And White Christians Alike To Standup Now And Begin Implementing The Concrete Ways Tisby Outlines, All For A Equitable And Inclusive Environment Among God S People Starting Today History and Scripture teaches us that there can be no reconciliation without repentance There can be no repentance without confession And there can be no confession without truth Tisby s book gives a historical overview of how the white Christian church has been complicit in the promotion of racism in America from 1619 to the present day Most of the history will be familiar to you if you are already knowledgeable of Black history The individual stories were new to me, such as how some church leaders did not allow slaves to be baptised, or that white and black churches became a phenomenon after the Civil War, or the defense of segregation by white preachers in the Civil Rights Movement era The latter chapters 8 11 are the strongest in my opinion, maybe because it focuses on the modern period. So good, and so needed I can see how this would be hard to take in, but I have been researching and reading up on this topic for two years now and everything this book says is true How the white church responds will say a lot about us The verse that keeps popping into my head is Proverbs 27 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted This book might wound us, but it is trustworthy and necessary I pray we humble ourselves and take his words to heart. I honestly don t know how to properly review this book and I ve been trying to find words to describe what I just read Here is my pitiful attempt OVERVIEW I remember when I first read Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America I was horrified I knew some of racism in some of its blatant forms KKK, etc , but didn t grasp racist ideas and the influence, power, and history they hold While Ibram Kendi s book covered religion, I longed for a Christian companion book that could come aside Kendi s work among others to talk about the racist ideas and the complicity with racism that the church has participated in This is that book in many ways Tisby gives the reader a short general survey of the church s complicity a keyword in this book with racism By the end Tisby gives some practical advice on how to begin fixing these problems, which I found personally helpful THE GOOD This book left me speechless It s a really good and well structured book Tisby also states in the beginning that, due to the large swatch of history and the shortness of the book, he only covers certain events, people, and ideas within these pages It s almost a primer for a longer study But this primer will wreck you After reading this book I wonder how, as the American church, we are still using the exact same words and thoughts that we were using during slavery and Jim Crow times I know the reason we re still racist Whenever I ve talked to people face to face about racism and racial reconciliation, I often get the same few comments or questions Everyone is equal now Slavery is gone and the Civil Rights era has past We re a post racial society now That s social marxism or generic terms like that Ok, so what should we do What do they want Tisby, through history and present events, eviscerates these comments and questions Honestly, after reading this book, I don t know how anyone without willing denying the truth could keep saying or asking the same things Tisby is clear and pointed He doesn t beat around the bush In fact, when he gets to our present time history 1950 2018 , he brings the fire I ve watched the racial reconciliation movement in person and online and Tisby and his colleagues have been subject to much hatred, false facts, claims of heresy and turning away from the gospel, among many other hateful things These people made one big mistake among many.They tweeted Jemar Tisby wrote a book.It s not revenge or a call out Tisby writes facts, the histories, and the documented conversations of many racist people that are still alive and working From Bob Jones University to the Graham family I think he handled Billy Graham masterfully From Phil Johnson to the SBC, Tisby doesn t hold back showing how the church is still complicit in racism.Again, I found the final chapters very helpful He gives good and hard practical information to combat racism and to grow into being an anti racist THE CHALLENGES I don t really have any problems with the book If anything, I wish it was longer so it could bedetailed There were moments where I wish he talked about a situation but I understand the purpose of a general historical survey.I do wish for a book that focused on all forms of racism in America, but 1 I don t think a singular person could write that book and 2 I, again, understand the focus and restrictions the author takes I will need to read this book again and again Until current anti social justice warriors start writing books showing how the words and arguments they use don t come from racists then I m not sure they have a leg to stand on Anyone can tweet Few have the courage persistence to research and write something that will endure than 16 hours Sadly, most of them won t even take the time to read this book.5 stars Side note to my Reformed followers How many books do we have to read before we realize that there are certain beliefs and connections in our reformed theology that allow for abusers and racists to stay hidden and thrive A helpful contribution to an ongoing and important conversation about the church and racism The Color Of Compromise is a survey of the American church and the evolution of racism and racialization, but also includes some thoughts about how to respond. I thought Divided by Faith was helpful This is even better. A very painful and important read. This is perhaps one of the most accessible, clear, and gentle book you might read about the history of, and acceptance of, white supremacy and black abasement of the American nation and in the American church Tisby is an historian and does not shave meaning or impact by using soft words When you read this, you understand what he is saying, directly racism in the American church was, and is, a deliberate choice Nothing that has happened so far had to happen But the good news is that our American nation and our American church can be changed by the actions of interested and committed people I would expect that some people might feel this book is personally distasteful or even animated against them We are good people Why do we get told that we re racist Tisby is not attacking He is describing, carefully, what it means to be American, to be Christian, and to be racist, and how the third leg of this stool does not need to remain unchanged It is possible to be American and Christian AND to be committed to social justice and racial equality.I imagine it might be hard to read for some people and I m one of those people It is never fun to look into the mirror and see the flaws But, it is delightful to see the flaws and then to see ways to remove those flaws and become just, fair, equal, and loving Pick this up, and spend some time reading.