Some say it’s “heritage, not hate.” But what is the heritage? Dissenting against the values of the Constitution? Rejecting a vision of breathtaking freedom, “unalienable rights,” “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? That’s something to celebrate?
The protests and demonstrations this time are different. They may be a sign that something really is changing, even with the longsuffering patience of the black community. At least I pray that is so.
In incarnational theology Jesus reveals to us the very nature and heart of God – so the cross cannot be Jesus’ payment, saving us from God. There can be no distinction between the work of Jesus and the work of God, the nature of Jesus and the nature of God.
Maybe this unwanted virus could serve as an invisible stranger, confronting us at the riverside of our own generosity (that should not be necessary), begging us to ask the obvious question: Why are so many children so poor to begin with?
There will either be Church to embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters As They Are – and to embrace them completely, unreservedly, joyfully – or they will find community elsewhere. It’s that simple.
My beef is not with atheists but with simplistic arguments like: “The Church is bad, therefore there is no God.”
If we could acknowledge that luck, as much as or even more than merit, determines everyone’s welfare, we could have a serious conversation about how our economic system is – and should be – structured.
In the case of Aimee Stephens, Americans’ bathroom habits took center stage as some of the nation’s most “rational” legal minds departed from interpreting the law and spiraled down into irrationality.
The tool of a lazy mind, the product of shallow thinking and the evidence of unsettled and angry spirits, the stereotypes that are ubiquitous in the religious and political discourse of our age are also evidence of a nation misguided, the immaturity of the body politic.