Church hurt…well, it hurts. And I am no stranger to the ways in which bad theology, abuses of power, misguided politics and bigotry can manifest within a community and influence the ways church folks and religious bullies perpetuate damage to vulnerable, human souls. In Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting With A Loving God After Experiencing A Hurtful Church, Carol Howard Merritt weaves into just over two hundred pages personal narrative and years of professional ministry experience, providing a compelling case for finding wholeness in God despite experiencing pain at the hands of God’s people.
I don’t agree with everything that any president might propose—none of us do, but when mainstream Americans have long supported segregated institutions, marginalization, and the criminalization of the poor, how can anyone be surprised that we are where we are right now as a nation?
If Christians were as excited about Jesus as they are about the color of Santa’s skin (or Starbuck’s cups), perhaps we might actually create a world kind enough to receive him when he does arrive.
Those who voted for Donald Trump aren’t anti-American, and many marginalized Americans interpret a vote for Trump as a vote against them and their well-being. And while those who are disenfranchised would have been disenfranchised had the results of the election been different, these Americans also need to be heard.
As an “older” Millennial (I just turned 35 this week), I’ve also had the opportunity to work with other Millennials from all walks of life—urban, professionals, academic, some with money and some without, some who are religious and some who are not. Millennials are just as varied as any other people group, and there are also similarities among us. If you want to reach Millennials, understand that we are vastly unique.
Every day we encounter one another through lenses colored by social hierarchy—consciously and unconsciously. The conclusions we draw are rooted in the beliefs we hold about how people are classified and what their perceived value is based on their social classifications.