Monday, October 21, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #85

Power is the acidic catalyst that perverts righteousness into privilege; justice into favoritism; steadfast love into lust, and truth into selectivity; power is the dynamos that drives dominating, marginalizing, corrupting, and creates places of oppression . . . .A politics of love demands confession of sins. In America, white folks need to confess their complicity in social structures of white supremacy that give them power and privileges not shared by people of color. Furthermore, they need to actively work toward dismantling these racist structures through changing politics, programs, and personnel of their places of work and houses of worship. Antiracist whites should follow the lead of antiracist leaders of color in embodying new institutions that are fundamentally just and loving. . . . A love supreme must press beyond the black-white binary toward a prophetic intercultural future that is inclusive of all people, black, white, and every shade in between. We must listen deeply, earnestly, for a love supreme amidst the travail of our life together.

Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 152-153, 167.

[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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