One of the most remarkable things about the Bible is that in it we find the narrative told from the perspective of the poor, the oppressed, the enslaved, the conquered, the occupied, the defeated. This is what makes it prophetic. We know that history is written by the winners. This is true — except in the case of the Bible it’s the opposite!
This week's service honors Father's Day, Keri's birthday and Conversation #3 on Racial Righteousness with a message by Pastor Jon Tyson of Church of the City, New York, on Jesus, power and privilege.
There is no shame in being privileged or being white; it's whether or not we're aware of this privilege, understand that privilege often comes at another's expense, and, most importantly, what we decide to do with our privilege.
When I have been confronted with claims of racial injustice, white privilege, and racism as a 'social issue', I was taught to dismiss such thinking as a concoction of liberals and certain black leaders who are still living in the past.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says, "Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy." Yet, in this moment, white Christians should also heed Jesus' brother's advice: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak … Continue reading Conversation #2: Being Black in America
Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) and his law professor brother Rob taught a class that touched on the Black Lives Matter movement, asking and attempting to answer the question, “Why so angry? Isn’t racism over?”