Repost via Anthony Bradley, professor of theology and ethics at The King’s College in New York:
Two of my heroes who promoted racial reconciliation after the civil rights movement are J. Deotis Roberts and John M. Perkins. In different ways these two men both wanted to see the church of Jesus Christ provide a post civil rights era image of racial unity and peace. While there has been much progress, many of their dreams have yet to come true.
But I am convinced that the church will only be able to lead society on race if it moves beyond reconciliation and pursues racial solidarity, which means embracing our common human dignity (Genesis 1:26-28) as a human family in ways that celebrate and respect differences between ethnic communities for the common good. This is beyond the failed concept of “color-blindness” and recognizes the importance of racial, ethnic, and ideological differences as a catalyst for loving our neighbor’s well (Matthew 22:36-40; John 17).
As such, I believe racial reconciliation has largely failed for four reasons:
- Racial reconciliation fails to interrogate white privilege. There is no denying the dominant cultural group in America is Caucasians. Being a white person in America comes with many unarticulated advantages. In 1988, Peggy McIntosh launched a national discussion by suggesting a framework to engage this discussion-a topic that evangelicals have yet to explore. White privilege has been defined this way: “A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.” Read on »
…the manner in which Satan does this [blinds minds] is through sowing corrupt ideologies and destructive patterns of life within creation, luring humanity to live in ways that are enslaving and oppressing. Satan is, after all, “the ruler of the power of the air,” the realm of ideologies, cultural prejudices, and well-worn patterns of thought. In this role he controls “the spirit that is now at work among those who are now disobedient (Eph. 2:2)”.
- Tim Gombis, Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed, 50.
“Whatever worries you, masters you.”
- John Locke
While leaving your child at a playground w/a cell phone is asking for trouble… though I would probe some of the class stuff a bit more, the larger point being made is interesting; “there are diminishing returns to helicopter parenting”.
- See the full article here.
As to mental maladies, is any man altogether sane? Are we not all a little off the balance? Some minds appear to have a gloomy tinge essential to their very individuality; of them it may be said, “Melancholy marked them for her own;” fine minds, and ruled by noblest principles, but yet most prone to forget the silver lining, and to remember only the cloud.
Pain has, probably, in some cases developed genius; hunting out the soul which otherwise might have slept like a lion in its den…
Any simpleton can follow the narrow path in the light: faith’s rare wisdom enables us to march on in the dark with infallible accuracy, since she places her hand in that of her Great Guide.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Valley of the Shadow of Death
60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year—that’s one in four adults and one in ten children. People of every race, age, religion or economic status are affected. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who is living with some form of mental illness.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness