Any time you see an organization with the words “African American” in the title, you may be tempted to think that this group speaks for all Black people. This, however, is not the case.
I have the privilege of serving as the co-founder and president of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN). This ministry seeks to address the core concerns of African Americans biblically. We do this by:
1) Gathering biblically faithful resources in one location
2) Building a network of Reformed Blacks and other like-minded Christians from a variety of ethnicities
3) Developing theology in community
To achieve these goals RAAN hosts a website that features blog posts, podcasts, video interviews and more. But many people who access our content may assume that this ministry or its contributors speak for all Reformed African Americans. Some might think that the opinions presented in a particular post represent the unified stance of all Reformed Blacks. But this would be a mistake.
I wrote an article on RAAN’s website entitled, “Not the Voice, the Microphone”. Here’s an excerpt:
It would be a mistake–though perhaps an understandable one–to read a post on RAAN and suppose, “This is what all Reformed Blacks think about this subject.” The reality is Reformed Blacks are not a monolithic group. We’re as diverse as any other demographic. We have varied educational backgrounds, ethnic blends, regional characteristics, economic levels, and theological convictions. And we at RAAN welcome that variety.
You can read the rest of the article here.