Korean minjung theologians speak of han, the deep and abiding suffering that persists as a result of unresolved injustice. Right now, I believe our faith communities are overwhelmed by han. In this in-between space of conflict and despair, let’s remember that doing right is its own reward.
Given the harsh judgment, discrimination and hateful rhetoric LGBTQ people face from many Christian people, seeing churches who love, affirm and support LGBTQ people is essential. Still, when straight people enter queer spaces, even as allies, their heterosexual privilege can be problematic.
Could the Constitutional right to own guns be in direct conflict with the Christian responsibility to love one’s neighbor, protect human life and prioritize the vulnerable?
Six-week abortion bans result from the theology of one group of Christians. However, they restrict access to abortion for all people, regardless of their religious convictions. In so doing, these bans violate core Baptist commitments to separation of church and state and religious liberty, as well as freedom of the individual conscience.
Dismantling systems of racism and ending racism’s attendant violence will require white people to engage courageously in political action that is grounded in solidarity with people of color across differences of race, class and religion.
Christians should put aside ideologies and heated rhetoric to focus on the effective ways we can work across theological differences toward a shared goal of reducing the need for abortion. There is clear, research-based evidence to point the way.
Most well-meaning mission efforts in Guatemala at best address the symptoms and not the causes of Mayan suffering. In fact, these efforts may even contribute to the perpetuation of the systems of oppression that harm the Maya.
Using methods of biblical exegesis and theological construction similar to its founders’ defense of slavery, a Southern Baptist seminary’s leaders continue the institution’s history of discrimination and oppression, but with different targets.
The decision to close Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, whatever the pros and cons, is a reminder of the glass cliff – a companion to the glass ceiling – that is often a reality for women in leadership.