The riotous fire of a burning police precinct might not be the Pentecostal flame many of us expected, and that itself is a failure of white Christians to listen to the suffering around us.
What does the story of Baptists under the Third Reich reveal about how we respond to political crisis? I believe the church is meant to be a disruptive church. That means first “disrupting” a theology that prioritizes relevance over resistance.
For us to be of any use to God’s mission of liberation, we must stand firm, in solidarity with those who are being oppressed.
For those who have ears to hear, God is speaking — not in the wind, with an earthquake, or by fire, not in the halls of power, either, but through the voices of school children, the survivors, whose mourning has turned to marching.
While I think that Mojo was the best dog to ever walk the planet, I suspect that many of our animal companions are able to sanctify us in similar and different ways if we allow ourselves to look and listen and learn.
The courage and faith displayed by people of color as the literal flames of racism burned around them is a call to repentance for all white people for our complicity in systems that perpetuate these sins. But it also signals a hope for a church afflicted with and inflicting white supremacy.