After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He met His eleven Apostles in Galilee. There He gave them certain instructions to follow in teaching His gospel.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
20 Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:18-20).
Raynard Jackson quoted Oral Roberts
of Oral Roberts University as putting his own twist on the Savior’s message: “Go
into every man’s world and meet them at the point of their need.” Roberts was
referring to Christians taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world because
there is not enough time to wait for “the people seeking God to stumble into
our churches.” However, Jackson likened this message to conservatives spreading
conservative principles. Jackson said that conservatives must go to black
entrepreneurs, black parents, and black preachers.
While reading Jackson’s article, my
mind went immediately to a conservative organization that is already working
with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began working with the NAACP in
2017 when it helped to refurbish the NAACP offices in Jackson, Mississippi. In
May 2018, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ and the leaders of
the NAACP released a joint statement calling for greater civility and racial
In July 2018, the Church of Jesus
Christ “announced a historic collaboration between the two organizations and
launched a self-reliance initiative.” In addition, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law
School and the NAACP are working on other joint projects. Reverend Amos C.
Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco said the following
about his friendship with the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of
We have more in common than that which may
superficially divide us….
[We are connecting] not as black or white,
not as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Baptists, but as children
of God who are about loving everybody and bringing hope, happiness, and good
health to all of God’s children.
A few hours later, Reverend Brown
introduced President Russell M. Nelson at the 110th annual
convention of the NAACP. He spoke about the power of partnerships. “Arm in arm
and shoulder to shoulder, may we strive to lift our brothers and sisters
everywhere, in every way we can.” Why is the Church of Jesus Christ working
with the NAACP? Because they are all God’s children, they are our brothers and
sisters,” said President Nelson.
This “unlikely alliance is providing a model for bridging” the racial divisions across America. In June 2021,
President Nelson “walked into a news conference linked arm-in-arm with the
president of the NAACP on one side and a Black former student of Martin Luther
King Jr. on the other.” The purpose of the news conference was “to announce a
multimillion donation to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and other
initiatives to help underprivileged Blacks and improve racial understanding.”
The president of the UNCF described his
organization’s new relationship with the church as jaw-dropping. He said he
hoped the Latter-day Saint commitment to Black higher education would become a
The groups should stand as an example to
the nation, said the Rev. Amos C. Brown, who studied under King as a young man
and now is the NAACP’s emeritus director of religious affairs.
“Our democratic republic is under siege,
but this very partnership of the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints will be the saving factor to redeem the soul of the United
States of America, so that we shall indeed become one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” he said.
This shows that leaders of the
Church of Jesus Christ were willing to go into the world of the NAACP, and it
takes us right back to the article by Jackson. Jackson said that “Blacks are the most conservative group in the country and have been for most of America’s
existence.” Therefore, they do not “need to be persuaded or convinced about
Conservatives must start financially
supporting legitimate, credible black organizations and individuals who have
standing within the black community. Conservative groups must form strategic
partnerships with these credible black groups and individuals.
Far too often, conservatives attempt to
address issues publicly that are of particular interest to the black community,
but with not one credible black person on the platform with them….
Conservatives must go to the black
Conservatives must begin to substantively
engage with black entrepreneurs. They are the gateway to the black community,
not the preachers!
Within the black community, the
businessman typically is the head of the deacon board and head of the board of
trustees in the black church. So, if you get the black businessman on your
side, he will bring you the pastor, who will bring you the congregation.
Conservatives must go directly to black
Despite how the liberal media portrays
black parents as liberal, nothing could be further from the truth….
Conservatism is mainstream within the
black community. Don’t let the radical left media fool you or convince you
Jackson explained that black parents
“are the biggest proponents of schools choice and vouchers,” and “Black men are
some of the biggest proponents of the Second Amendment.” He also stated that
the black community does not support “the radical agenda that Democrats are
pushing on it.” This includes same-sex parents for children, the defund the
police movement, higher taxes, transgenderism, or having their children
indoctrinated with critical race theory.
Since blacks are already conservative,
they apparently just need to have conservative and/or financial support to
jettison the influence of the liberals. This means that the leaders of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were well ahead of the game.