The Together For The Gospel Conference is coming April of 2016. The elders at Redeemer Fellowship love attending and have been to every T4G. We are excited to head out in April and join many others for a time of worship, edification, and to be challenged.
The promotional video is out, check it out below:
The promo video bears images of legitimate protests against injustice. Courageous men and women that stood in opposition against racism, war, and inequality. The video elicits sentiments of standing for justice and equality, and I can’t help but wonder—shouldn’t that equality be reflected in our choice of speakers? What would a conference look like that gives a voice to the the voiceless?
This is not just T4G.The majority of great conferences put on by reformed evangelicals lacks diversity. In fact most of these conferences book the same great speakers and theologians, most of whom are Caucasian.
What would a more diverse conference testify to?
Solidarity With The Voiceless
A diverse conference begins to give a voice to the voiceless. What about those around the world who are contending for the Gospel and holding to the "essentials of the Christian faith" whom are living lives of protest in difficult situations? Often in Western Christianity we are removed from the atrocities that our brothers and sisters around the world deal with on a daily basis. We can help to bring to the forefront the need and struggle that is present.
Solidarity With The Marginalized
Within our own Country we have brothers and sisters that are "pushed" to the sidelines. Lets face the truth, as white Americans we have much privilege and advantages that not everyone is afforded. For a long time we have been able to set the rules, standards, and agenda. By allowing a more diverse speakership, we give a platform to those whose worldview helps to give us a picture that we have never had, nor will ever truly understand through experience.
Solidarity As The Body of Christ
Is there not a richness in our faith that seeks to live out the Biblical truth that one day Christ will gather his people, from every tribe, tongue, and nation? Diversifying our choice of speakers testifies to the hope that we have. The hope in the work of Christ to reconcile all to himself. One day we will worship together as one, why are we not seeking that unity now?
What do you think? Leave a comment below.