Praying for Revival: Interview with Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti, or “Pastor T,” as he is called at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, joined the Reconnect Monday to
discuss racism in America and how the gospel provides the way forward.
Here are some brief excerpts from our conversation. Listen to full interview below.
Why should we care?
What we are dealing with is older than this nation: it goes back to the garden. Racism is a product of the fall of man into sin. So the remedy must be spiritual: it is the gospel of Jesus. Not in an escapist way, but in a deep appropriation of all the truths of the gospel. We are made in His image and His likeness– each person has inherent dignity.
Racism is a sub-human kind of sin. It reduces us from what we are made to be.
[tweetthis]Racism reduces us from what we were made to be. – Thabiti Anyabwile[/tweetthis]
What do we need to know?
We need to acknowledge the ways in which the church has intentionally, historically refused to be the Body of God along the lines of race. Whether it from Virginia’s enactment of laws that if a slave became a Christian did not mean they would be freed from slavery, to the segregation of congregations in the 1800s and into the 1900s, to the Evangelical church just missing the ball in the Civil Rights Movement and other areas. We have to tell the truth- the bone deep truth- about our complicity if we will ever be free from it.
There is no hope for the country to be free from it, if the church is not free from it.
There needs to be a deep reckoning from the pulpit to the truths. We need to tell the truth about our theology and our history, so that our history is a guidepost and not a hitching post.
How do we move from where we are now toward a hopeful future?
Pastor T says one tangible step is to pray for revival. Pray that God pours out his Spirit on His church, and that His spirit would graciously bring conviction of sin. That He would quicken His church in repentance and holiness. Pray that God would subdue the hearts of those hearts in rebellion against God and turn to Him.
Pastor T hopes the Lord would use the grief and mourning that has gripped the nation to break our hearts in repentance and so we would draw near to Him in revival.
Listen to full interview: