This sermon is the first of six that will lift up the six core values discerned to guide Central Woodward Christian Church. It is reposted from Words of Welcome. We discerned these values in a context of prayer, worship, and study. We talked about our community and what it means to be a Disciple in the context of this community, beginning with our 5-mile radius, and expanding outward in concentric to the ends of the earth Acts 1:
I am a White American and a Christian.
I am progressive in my politics and have sought to be part of efforts at bridging the gaps between ethnic communities. A strong majority of the population in the suburbs, including the one I live in, is White. The demographics are changing, but the old lines of division remain with us.
In fact the legacy of the riots remains palpable in the minds of many. I understand -- at an intellectual level -- the pain experienced by members of the Black community, but I can never truly experience the realities that one faces as a person of color, especially when it comes to engaging with law enforcement.
There is great frustration in the Black community. Sometimes the anger explodes into violence, which is often met with heavy-handed police tactics. These realities are deeply rooted in our own American psyche.
And yet can we truly separate ourselves? Psychologist and Christian thinker Richard Beck has contemplated these issues and suggests that perhaps we who are white should think in terms of picking up the cross. Atonement theory is problematic for many of us, especially those of us who are more liberal, but how do we find a way forward?
Below is just a brief excerpt from an earlier post at Experimental Theology. Share your thoughts, if you would like. But as Black voices tell us, reconciliation comes with a price, a cost, a burden.
This cross, this burden, is one that Whites habitually refuse to pick up. Sympathy for Black rage. White people are more than happy to talk about racial reconciliation until 1 the rage is directed at them or 2 the burden of reconciliation becomes too costly. In short, Whites want atonement and reconciliation with no cross, no passion, no willingness to suffer for sin.
Sins can mount and mount and mount, across generations, with no reckoning.
And so the wound festers. And maybe here is where, perhaps, the notion of vicarious suffering does play a part. The question for me is this --as a White man who seeks to be involved in reconciliation efforts -- am I willing to pick up the cross laid before me? I want to say yes, but will I do this?
Am I willing to acknowledge my complicity?Text of Mayflower Compact: In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
I have struggled to make sense of the tragic events at Ferguson, Missouri. I am a White American and a Christian. I am progressive in my politics and have sought to be part of efforts at bridging the gaps between ethnic communities.
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