Biblical interpretations that don’t take into account historical and contextual realities can be used to further oppression. To simply take a Bible verse and apply it to any given situation can at worst, contribute to harm and violence. For instance, police officers love to quote Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be … Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers is not a Justification for Police Brutality
Inspired by Nathan Kennedy’s fantastic blog post, “7 Reasons Why LGBTQ+ People Don’t Want to go to your LGBTQ+ Affirming Church.” Many progressive churches speak out about their support for Black Lives Matter, they issue rebukes against racist and inhumane government policies such as the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican/American border, … Continue reading Why Black & Brown People Don’t Want to Go to Your “Progressive Church.”
But my mind still can’t help but return the darkness and fear I felt during my first night on Lake Ida and wonder what my former camper experienced. Did my former camper feel pain? Was he scared? What was going on in his mind as his lungs filled with water? More importantly, was God there with him?
We need to preach and believe in a God whose love is manifest not through a bloody death but through the explicit condemnation of abuse and who actively works to journey with and heal those who have been abused by loved ones, strangers, and/or societal institutions.