When we try to go it alone, when we make the sum-total of our spirituality about our own personal salvation, when we forget our radical, waterborne connection with one another we miss the whole point of Christianity altogether.
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.
If our desire is simply to engage in an awareness campaign to bring the eyes and ears of the nation and world to the problems that plague communities of color then our rhetoric can be as bombastic and heavy-handed as necessary. However, if our desire is to engage in the work of reconciliation - of building new communities from the ground of transformed relationships - we must stand in the precarious gap between communities in conflict and to point towards the reality of the Kingdom of God which radically reforms human relationship.
Conscious African Americans are in a constant state of rage against a system whose very foundation was constructed to keep them oppressed and has only recently been retrofitted to allow for some semblance of "liberation."
“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes … Continue reading “Forgiving and …