If you’re like many white Americans, you knew little (if anything) about the Tulsa Race Massacre before recent days and weeks. We can therefore speak and act in ways that communicate racist messages and deepen racist divisions without knowing we are doing so. Here we see the wisdom of the early Christians in selecting believers from the Greek-speaking part of the church to lead in responding to the needs of Greek-speaking members. These leaders could speak for those they represented and help the church minister holistically with greater effectiveness. I am convinced that every church, ministry, and organization in America should follow their example. Here’s how.
Social scientists have learned crucial lessons from the success of anti-foot binding campaigns in the early to mid-1900s. For example, the missionaries that began the fight against foot binding did not try to lead the movement. Instead, they recruited and helped organize local Chinese people to lead the movement. Though not all of these indigenous leaders and participants in the campaign were Christians, many were. The movement effectively drew in non-Christian intellectual leaders like Kang Youwei by using arguments grounded in the understandable Chinese desire for respect from other nations.