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YOUNG PEOPLE IMPACT SOCIETY
What a treat it was to browse through issue 88 of Keep The Faith and read the contributions of young writers, as well as the profiles of young Christian adults making an impact in the Church and wider society. I’ve always felt that, when young people give their hearts to the Lord and let Him lead their lives, they are destined to do well. This issue of Keep The Faith proved it. Thank you. Keysha Matthews, Birmingham
IT’S DANGEROUS TO STEREOTYPE RACES
“The corollary to Black poverty is White exploitation through structural inequalities mediated through unjust financial systems, and an indifference to the plight of Black people” (Rev David Shosanya).
If you exchange White for Jew and Black with Aryan, you’ll realise you’ve heard this before! Accusing an entire race of exploitation and indifference is dangerous stereotyping at best, and incendiary at worst. A minority of Aryans preached pride in their race, while blaming and denigrating other races; it led to the Holocaust! A minority of South Africans did the same, and that resulted in apartheid. In the Balkans, this rhetoric led to yet more ethnic cleansing.
Stereotyping and denigrating people of another race to promote racial pride brings disaster. The inevitable result of racial pride is an emphasis on racial purity, so where do mixed race and albino people go? Today, they make it big in the movies, politics, sport and elsewhere, so shouldn’t they be proud of what they have achieved, rather than be forced to pick a colour? The UK’s fastest growing race is mixed race, and in most churches there are mixed race children. We need to protect those children!
When a missionary suffers in a country where the people are a different colour, they don’t hit back by promoting racial pride; they preach the Gospel. It is the Gospel we should preach when outnumbered and persecuted, not pride in our race. If you want to preach something that’s in black and white, preach the Gospel! Paul Sinclair
THANK GOD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
People always seem to have negative things to say about young people, so you can imagine how refreshing I found it to read about the profiles of young Christian adults, who are making an impact in the Church and wider society. God bless them for the work that they are doing, and I hope that the article inspired other young people to reach out and do great things for the Lord. Michelle Brown, Luton
IT’S GREAT THAT CHURCHES HAVE PRODUCED A MANIFESTO
I have always been concerned by the fact that too few of Britain’s Black church leaders are interested in politics, so you can imagine my surprise and delight on reading that Black church leaders have UNITED to produce their first ever political manifesto. This is an achievement worth celebrating. And it’s good to read that the manifesto touches on issues that are of concern to the Black community, such as policing, mental health, single parenting and the disproportionate numbers of Christians in the prison system. I hope that the political parties take note of the manifesto’s contents, and that its publication heralds a new era of Black involvement in politics. Peter Edwards, London
DION JOHNSON INTERVIEW WAS INSPIRATIONAL
The Keep The Faith interview with Dion Johnson, whose business encourages mid-life women to pursue their ambitions and dreams, was really inspiring. To change one’s life to pursue new career opportunities or set up a business can be a difficult thing, and to read of Dion’s experience in doing so, as well as overcoming the challenge of being facially disfigured, is encouraging to say the least. It’s so easy, in both the Church and society, to feel that you have little to contribute when you reach a certain age, so to read Dion’s comments that mid-life women have much to share because of the wisdom and knowledge they’ve acquired over the years is really empowering. Her interview has certainly made me stop thinking that, as I am no longer young, I have little to contribute. I now know I have much to give, and will find new ways of doing so. Janice Thompson, London
INSIGHTFUL ARTICLE ON ATHEISM
Andy Gray’s article was a real eye opener concerning young people’s view on atheism. I thought it was going to be filled with young people stating how the cultural wars being fought in the Media and beyond, re atheism and theism, were having a major impact on their attitudes to Christianity. Instead, I read that atheism is having little impact on their view of God and the Church. Rather, it’s the way the Church practises its faith that is not only negatively impacting some young people, but causing some to leave and deciding that they want little to do with the Church. This is sad, highlighting that when churches are not sensitive to the views and attitudes of the youth of their congregations, re some of their practices, they leave. May this article serve as a warning to churches that they need to be mindful of their practices and rituals, and how young people are interpreting them. Phillip Jones, Milton Keynes