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Hypocrisy and the Church

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West “He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor,” Jesus spoke in the synagogue in his hometown after returning from being in the desert for 40 days. The people in the synagogue were furious and droe him away, but he escaped. See Luke 4:16-30. Would people today in our predominantly white churches likely do the same to Jesus as happened to him in Nazareth? I suspect so. This past week I was talking with the three Native American interns I was working with from the Wind River Indian Reservation, ages 18-23, about an article Cara Golden and I had asked them to read for their QuadW Missional Internship this summer. Cara, who is a seminary student with a focus on Indigenous studies, a past intern here in 2018 and African American, had chosen the article entitled “Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys.” The author, Richard Twiss, wrote about how missionaries came to Indigenous people showing no respect. I int

Revolutionary Hope in the Midst of Hate

On Facebook I had posted a message about ending racism. An Indigenous friend named Dean commented that racism would end if white parents would teach their children to quit hating them. I tried to explain that it wasn’t that simple, that white people do not realize that they are teaching hate. He replied that yes, it was that simple.   A few days later a comment on another of my posts was from a white friend named Ed asking how long Blacks were to be allowed to continue to hate. His comment implied that racism had ended with the signing of the Proclamation of Emancipation. Well, didn’t it? That is what we were taught in school. His question implied his belief that Blacks need not to be so sensitive thinking that the Confederate flag and statutes of Confederate war heroes are symbols of oppression. I replied to his comment trying to explain that as long as the oppression continues, there will be anger and hate.   All agree that hate is bad. But where there is anger, there will be hate. I