Elitism and racism in the Body of Christ are very ugly things. Lately, they’ve reared their ugly heads in some very nasty ways that hit close to home.
Over the last several months, we’ve been promoting Crossroad Junction through some very limited, non-targeted ads by Facebook on Facebook.
During the same period, we also have received a high percentage of new followers from the Philippines and other overseas places. Whether it’s due to those ads or not, we don’t know.
Regardless, this heightened overseas interest is not due to any directed or targeted effort on our part, and Marianne and I are thrilled to connect with other believers from across the globe.
Now, however, our increasing readership is provoking a very elitist and racist series of attacks – directed against us, our fellowships, and our new Filipino followers.
Some of our Filipino brothers and sisters have seen those attacks, and have been deeply offended.
In the face of those attacks, I want welcome to you to our blog – and offer my apologies for the ugly efforts by some of my countrymen to discredit you by questioning your motives and capacity to follow the somewhat intellectual and substantive articles found here.
What’s the Issue?
Ads or not, we suspect our blog resonates with God’s tremendous move within the Philippines and elsewhere – as the kind of simple, indigenous fellowships we are part of here in U.S. also are spreading like wildfire in your towns and villages.
In fact, we often have posted in the past that the “simple/organic” church community here in the U.S. has lots to learn from you.
We are common allies in the faith, as we jointly commit to a vibrant relationship with the Living Word, while also submitting to the discipline and authority of His written Word.
Lately, some within the “simple/organic” church community here in the U.S. – who deny that scripture is the written Word of God – have launched a vicious, behind-the-scenes attack on Crossroad Junction and our growing influence.
Specifically, this has been happening over the last three weeks in blogs, letters and emails by author Frank Viola’s fellow “apostolic workers” Jon Zens, Milt Rodriquez and Jamal Jivajee, and their new-found ally Bart Breen.
Interestingly, most of those men have not, themselves, had any consistent history of being able to start or be part of an actual, healthy, local fellowship – yet they persist in trying to tell the “simple/organic” church community how to do so.
Lately, they have been alarmed at the exploding popularity of this blog and our resolute stand, within the “simple/organic” community here in the U.S., for the historic truths and authority of scripture as a vital foundation for local fellowships.
They also are alarmed that we have been willing to expose some of their crazy doctrines and practices, which have derailed the more existential wing of “simple/organic” community they relate to here in the U.S.
Finally, they are frantic in now trying to silence those, like us, who have dared expose and warn others about the sexual abuse, predation, exploitation and coverup that’s occurred among their ranks against God’s people. See Jon Zens and Frank Viola – A Public Response.
The fact that Crossroad Junction has emerged as one of the most widely-read voices in the “simple/organic” church community here in the U.S. – and that we also have directly taken on the history of sexual exploitation and moral corruption among them – has them now desperately looking for ways to discredit us.
They can’t attack the substance of what we say, so now they are resorting to ad hominen personal attacks and raw racism. Doing so illustrates their own moral bankruptcy.
One of those lines of attack – in their blogs, letters and behind-the-scenes emails – is that we are using illegal “scripts” to attract and pay Filipinos to follow Crossroad Junction and thus inflate the statistics on the number of people who follow our blog.
Although I have directly stated to them that this is not the case, they persist in de-legitimizing our Filipino brothers and sisters by saying the only reason Filipinos could possibly want to connect with others – through blogs like Crossroad Junction – is if they are paid to do so.
This is pure racism. Filipinos, they imply, lack the ability and capacity to follow more intelligent, substantive blogs like Crossroad Junction, and therefore can’t have any legitimate reason to subscribe or “like” it. Thus, they claim, we must be paying Filipinos – who they seem to think can’t possibly be as sophisticated and discerning as them – to do so in order to inflate our readership statistics.
To our Filipino and other overseas followers, we reject the ugly racism of those who arrogantly attack your capacity and interest in walking together with us – as we explore and discuss our common, wonderful journey of faith.
It is the same elitism that also has caused them to attack the legitimacy of our fellowships, some of which don’t conform to their insular post-modern sensibilities because they exist on the fringes of society – among inmates, the homeless, ex-addicts, marginalized ethnic communities, and the like.
According to them, those can’t be real churches because they just can’t seem to figure them out or get their arms around them – and what God is doing among us. See Discombobulating Fellowship.
In addition, Zens, Rodriquez, Jamal and Breen have viciously attacked women who have been victims of church sexual abuse and who our fellowships have helped, by saying their stories have no legitimacy unless they actually filed lawsuits against their abusers.
We find that to be very arrogant also – because it says those women must conform to their male-dominated, elitist dictates and denies survivors the right to decide on their own terms how to best deal with their abuse.
It also disingenuously ignores the fact that sometimes a victim can’t file suit due to legal barriers like statutes of limitations.
We Welcome You!
Marianne and I truly don’t know why Crossroad Junction has become so popular with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and in other overseas locales – along with others here in the United states who refuse to be marginalized by such ugly elitism and racism.
But we welcome you nonetheless and are thrilled to connect with you.
Let’s reject such elitist racism by a few, and continue moving forward together as the wonderful, morally upright and diverse – yet very improbable – Body of Christ!
~ Jim Wright