The Front Porch: Rebuilding the Wall the Gospel Tore Down

In this video, Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter discuss their main hopes for their new venture, The Front Porch. They hope it is a place for conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches and beyond.

Thabiti Anyabwile, in being asked “Why the need for ‘The Front Porch’, answers: “The black church is large. It’s not one thing….the African-American church has a lot to contribute to the rest of the church world, and vice-versa.”

This bothers me.

In reality, there is no black church, and there certainly is no ‘African-American church’, much less an African-American anything or anyone. Africa is not even a country; Ireland, Poland, etc. are. For the sake of reason, if one wants to call himself a bifurcated American, they should use the name of their forefathers’ country, not continent.

More importantly, this bothers me because it appears to be an attempt to rebuild the walls which the Gospel itself has torn down.

God, through the Apostle Paul has told us:

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. – Galatians 3:27-29

We are all one in Christ. That means there is no white church, there is no negro church, there is no chinese church, etc. There is one Church, one body of Christ.

Get over it already, or be recognized for building walls which the Gospel of Jesus Christ has demolished forever.