Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope has been at the forefront during the Black Lives Matter movement and rallies in Memphis, and their radical ideas are being funded by local churches.
According to MICAH’s website, they are “a coalition of community and faith-based organizations joining together to give a more powerful voice for issues of justice in our city. Our current platform concentrates on three pillar issues, economic equity, education equity, and immigration & intercultural equity.”Tuesday morning, the group gathered outside of the Memphis City Hall and Shelby County Government Plaza to present their “Justice and Equity” Charter. The event included 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in honor of George Floyd, as well as speeches. The MICAH charter has a number of requests in it, ranging from police reform to criminal justice reform.
The requests include that local law enforcement must cut all relations with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and include bias training for police officers. In addition, the group wants to divert some of the funds that are for the police department to other recipients.
Almost as shocking as many of the requests on the charter is the list of churches that support MICAH with their own funds. The list of partners can be found on their website. Some of the most well-known names on the list included Hope Presbyterian Church and Memphis Theological Seminary.
Hope, a megachurch in Cordova, has spoken several times on the current topic of civil unrest in the community. The head pastor Rufus Smith has posted inductive Bible-studies on their website, and at the top of some of the studies includes a warning, such as “This subject matter is sensitive to some but needs to be discussed from a biblical basis–NOT just a socio-political basis. Using terms of ‘color’ (white), instead of hyphenated terms (African-American) may also be offensive, but power past it.”By giving their funds to MICAH, these churches, fraternities, sororities and other organizations are giving their endorsement for things such as this charter. In addition, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has spoken at MICAH events. This is the same person that wanted businesses to be fined if anyone in their establishment was caught not wearing a mask. She has been an outspoken advocate for Black Lives Matter as well.
Many churches are giving in to the Left in more ways than one. For many members of these churches, they might have no idea that their tithing is going toward these types of organizations. We’re living in an age where churches are under fire, and many are bowing down.