Chance the Rapper challenges the Church to confront racism

Chance the Rapper has challenged the Church to tackle racism and white supremacy from the pulpit. 

The Grammy Award-winning artist posed the question on Twitter, suggesting that some American values were "antithetical to the Gospel". 

"I'm sure I'm gonna get replies from nonbelievers but I'd like to ask my Christian followers out there: Why don't we as a church explicitly address White Supremacy and racism on Sundays?" he wrote. 

"Why don't we engage the truths of America and how it's values are antithetical to the Gospel?"

The Chicago native went on to argue that all should be equal in the body of Christ. 

"Is it not directly the responsibility of the Church to dismantle and defeat White Supremacy? Is equality not the basis for forming the body of Christ?" he said. 

Chance, who is a Christian, has been sharing Bible verses since the outbreak of anti-racism protests around the world in the wake of George Floyd's death.

He recently shared Isaiah 1:17 with his 8.3m Twitter followers, which says: "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." 

Then on Tuesday, he shared Isaiah 61:1, which reads: "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." 

His comments come as new research from Barna found that most American pastors are supportive of the anti-racism protests, while 94% said it was the Church's responsibility to publicly denounce racism.