American Evangelicalism is ablaze. This is an inevitable result of divisions along ethnic and cultural lines, which have long tarnished the movement's witness. From its inception, it has always been askew of the historical Christian mission: the pursuit of both eternal and temporal wholeness. Doctrinal identity unites black and white evangelicals, but rifts afflict the camp, so the movement is waning.
In A Burning House Video Study, Brandon Washington contends that deliberate and sacrificial integration is the sole solution to bolster evangelicalism's foundation. In the 1950s and '60s, with desegregation on the horizon, Martin Luther King Jr. said, I've come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house. As with the country, if we hope to move toward integrating the American Evangelical church, we must do so as firefighters.
Washington is not calling American Evangelicalism to become something new. Rather, he challenges the movement to realize what it has always been in Christ. The selfless integration of Evangelicalism will result in a holy witness to humanity and a greater understanding of Shalom--peace, justice, wholeness--in the world. These are the inevitable fruits of espousing and preaching a comprehensive gospel message.