I was thinking about Machen as I was listening Mike and Steve on NoCo Radio discussing the new collection of Machen’s radio addresses, Things Unseen. As I am listening to them learn from Machen, it is hard not to think of the controversy over Machen’s letter to his mother. That letter revealed an attitude to be deplored and rejected as contrary to the spirit and intent of Galatians3:28 and Colossians 3:11. Such thinking has no place in the Christian mind. One hopes that, had Machen lived long enough to see the civil rights movement, he, like a lot of Americans, might have re-thought his attitudes.
Nevertheless, as I listened to my friends learning from Machen it occurred to me that at least some of those seeking to tarnish Machen are themselves segregationists. Anyone who advocates ethnically-based segregation (e.g., ethnic safe spaces or ethnically homogenous congregations) is, by definition, a segregationist. No segregationist gets to criticize Machen for his private letter to his mother advocating for segregation and if we must ignore Machen now because of his private letter to his mother, how much more should we ignore those who are advocating segregation publicly?
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