“There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., The Strength to Love
Kirk Franklin gets right at the issues of race, justice, and the subtle difference between “Christian” music and “gospel” music. LISTEN.
I am a fan of the Holy Post podcast. Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) has a great conversation with Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor in this episode. The first half is worth the listen (especially Christian talking about her documentary on France in WWII), but it’s the second half of the episode that is worth the listen… and, of course, challenging. Willie James Jennings is the guest and takes on racism as a religion.
I’d highly recommend his book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.
It is not enough to identify racism as a problem. Too often what we do is admit there is racism, but then catch ourselves in the foolish question of just who IS and who ISN’T “a racist.” What we need to do is acknowledge racism and then combat it.Continue reading “Being anti-racist”
I have been challenged recently by people who write on racism and friends who are people of color on this issue of racism. It is something that has weighed on me the past several years (the issue of racism) and when I moved to Alabama, I knew the Lord would keep working on me. The challenge is this: It’s not enough to simply think I’m not a racist. I need to be anti-racist.Continue reading “Anti-racist”
We finished a long three week trip as we visited family. It was a great trip filled with friends, family, and conversation. There was one last stop I needed to make before we made it home.Continue reading “Soul wrenching”
Now if we are going to have this kind of massive action program that is necessary to solve the problem, we’ve got to get rid of one or two false notions that are disseminated around our nation, false ideas and myths that are constantly circulated.Continue reading “Dr. King — The time is always right to do right”