I have a suggestion for a New Years’ Resolution for my beloved Church and the leaders who serve it: leave anti-millennial stereotyping and scapegoating in 2016. It's lazy. Full stop. It’s a shame that we have to continue to have this conversation, but it honestly needs to come to a swift and expeditious end.
This goes out to all those who warrant the tears of Heaven for the pain and suffering you endure at the hands of your fellow human beings. This goes out to you.
We must claim “golden crowns” for every person of color, every woman, every immigrant, every Muslim, every differently-abled person, every human being caught under the heel of America’s delusions of grandeur.
The next four years will test our character as a nation - not as a collection of politicians and and branches of government, but as an imperfect community of people.
This is not going to be a piece about politics. There is enough of that going on. In my opinion, there is too much prose-based anxiety. Too many sharp delineations between black and white. Not enough beauty. Not enough color. What I believe we need in our society is poetry - reminders of beauty and … Continue reading Enough is Enough
I came to see that this might be how he, a middle-aged black man in America, knew how to say “I love you” to me, his black son, who was going out into the world often unaware of the unimaginable dangers that often surrounded me.
In my opinion this conversation is about power and privilege. More specifically, this is about who or what lies at the center of our discourse.
Love is the only way we will unseat the power of death. Violence only begets more violence, whether that violence is war, vigilante attempts at justice, or terrorism. Love is the only way forward. Fear and division, suspicion and hatred, oppression and violence will only bear more of the same.
Our symbolic shows of solidarity with hurting communities are a great start, but unless we follow that up with actual, tactile action, we are nothing more than spiritual placebos in a world in desperate need of open-heart surgery.
The healing wind of God blows wherever truth is spoken - whether in 14-minute sermons of 140 character tweets.