Historically speaking, there was a time when the Pastor was considered the point-man for all things that occurred within the African-American community. There was a pre-conceived notion by those within and outside of the community that the preacher man was the most educated and rational figure to be found.
To this day, Passa, as many Black Christians affectionately refer to their man of God, holds an unconscionable sway over the minds, beliefs, and outlook over their congregants. Such influence in the correct hands could serve as a powerful unifying tool that creates a collectivist mindset across the body of Christ that has the power to immediately impact the absence of politico economic power and social priorities that we see in today’s African-American community. Unfortunately, if the Black Pastor has the ability to lead his flock in the correct direction, he also holds the same power to guide them down the wrong road.
Such dynamics make the recent commentary of prominent Pastor Tony Evans of the Urban Alternative Ministry all the more troubling. In a display of the most concentrated moment of muddled thinking the world has seen in quite sometime, Passa Evans related that he had come up with a foolproof way to address the disintegrating African-American family.
Evans related that “the biggest problem in Black America today is the breakdown of the family…When 70 percent plus of your children are being born out of wedlock and the fathers are not there to tend to them, you’ve got chaos in the community…most of these kids are going to be raised in poverty. And that’s something we control.”
Although most would expect for a man of God to help his people rise to “…the biblical standard that God holds us to…” via some form of church based social program, counseling, or direct intervention from church leaders to reverse this epidemic of the ‘broken’ Black family; however, such expectations would not be met on this occasion. The Christian Post related that Pastor Tony Evans’ solution was a relatively simple plan to re-institute American chattel slavery. “In slavery we did not have laws on our side, the community on our side, the government on our side, the broader community on our side, (however) our families were a lot stronger. We were a lot more unified and we made a lot more progress.” Evans most certainly is in desperate need of an African-American studies History course if he believes that our people “…made a lot more progress…” while enslaved.
Passa’ Evans’ congregation should be horrified that he could form such a thought. If the espousal of such non-sense is not frightening enough, the fact that Sarah Palin, the global village idiot, supports this idiotic thought should cause everyone to distance themselves from Passa’ Evans.
Palin responded to Evans suggestion during an interview with Newslo. The village idiot related that “it seems like Evans has got it all figured out…Maybe it’s time to make another equally radical – no, scratch that – historical change that would bring the attention of the public back to the real problem – the black community in the US…What I’m talking about is realizing the pastor’s idea somewhat indirectly – bringing back slavery, only this time making it voluntary. That way, the people would be able to have the best of both worlds. On one hand, black families would become as strong as before, and on the other, it would reduce pressure on the already tense relationship between white people and the black community, not to mention that it would put down the racial fires all across the US once and for all.”
Considering the contemporary state of the African-American community we can not afford to have “leadership” that fails to recognize the danger it places our people in when they espouse such non-sense. Put simply, Passa Evans should be ashamed and needs to not only be denounced by fellow Black clergy, but also immediately removed from his position of authority by an angered congregation.
Unfortunately, there is little chance that such will occur as it would require not only courage by Black preachers, but also Black Christians who place “the liberation and salvation of the Black nation” as its foremost priority. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Black Christians do not possess such priorities, just go down to any local African-American church, listen to the non-liberating theology that they receive on a weekly basis from some Passa and you will get a clear understanding of why figures such as Tony Evans with his illogical thinking is not only entrenched in his current “leadership” position, but also more the rule than the exception.
Heaven help us!!!!!!!!!
James Thomas Jones III, Ph.D.
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015