I have held off commenting on the recent “controversy” surrounding TGC and their Women of Color conference because outragers are gonna outrage and I wanted to get as much information on the topic as I could before I commented.
Those who are against this conference are against it on the basis that a conference for a minority group, that limits the attendance of people who are not in that minority is divisive as the Gospel is not divided by race (for the Jew and also the Gentile).
In recent news, the conference has clarified that the conference is in fact open to women who are not Women of Color, however the focus on the conference is to address some of the unique experiences of minority women. (Note, there are no men complaining that they cannot be a part of this conference).
After reading a response from Jackie Hill Perry (a woman of color) intimately involved in this conference I have come to not only understand but embrace her position.
The Gospel is of course not divided in any manner. Segregation is a great injustice in our country’s history that we are still feeling the effects of. When we preach the Gospel we do so with no discrimination to race or gender. In Christ there is no difference to those whom He calls to salvation.
However, in life, with issues related to various experiences there are differences. There are differences with respect to gender and there are differences in respect to heritage and culture. There are Christian conferences that are held for those who speak Spanish as a primary language. There are conferences for men, focused on male issues. There are conferences for women, focused on female issues.
If there was a conference for Filipino Christians, one could expect them to address issues that touch on and cover cultural issues for those with a heritage from the Pacific Islands. The point being that instead of this being a refreshing opportunity for those who come from a background different than our own, we (those offended) cannot fathom that there are those who do have a different view on life and culture.
All of this time wasted on finding something to be frustrated about, we should embrace the opportunities that are given to those who want to continue to glorify Christ is a way that may seem different from what we would consider normal for us.