My pastor sent me a paper to read about racism in the church. It is not short but I believe is worth your time (it took me under an hour to read). It states with scholarly approach, careful clarity, and supporting data some of the problems that I’ve been struggling […]
Part 1 Recently, I was driving to church on a Sunday morning when I passed a Black woman jogging along the road, and I had an immediate and visceral reaction to her face. I puzzled about that for a moment, and realized that I’ve always reacted that way to a […]
It is not necessarily racist to treat people differently because of their skin color or ethnicity.
Probably every Christian with any history of reading the Bible has heard the story of the woman at the well. And most Christians have also heard the phrase “the fields are white” (or ripe) “unto harvest.” That story and that phrase are intimately linked in a surprising way.
I was having trouble sleeping last night because my arm kept falling asleep; I was trying to find a position where the tingling in my arm wasn’t bothering my brain, and I heard the Lord say to me “That’s my point, listen to it.“ I then heard Him tell me: […]
On this Independence Day, that sublime phrase “all men are created equal” is on my mind. I rejoice in the liberties I enjoy, but I’m also keenly aware this year of the gaps in equality that still exist in this nation. The esteemed Framers of the Declaration of Independence did not seem to write the word “all” in the same manner as today we understand it. And aspirational statements enshrined in our founding documents do not carry the force of law. Working out those aspirations and giving them proper force in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government is a tedious, difficult process at best. Much work is still required to bring “equal” to its full meaning.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.“ – Mark Twain? I have a very long history with a certain mode of sociopolitical thinking. Nearly everything in my upbringing viewed the world that way. All the data […]
There’s a big difference between(a) analyzing and identifying and understanding the existing divisions and groupings of people,and(b) causing division between people. I propose that failing to accurately understand existing groups and their uniqueness and specific concerns is actually more divisive, because it inevitably leads to animosity when they are singled […]