We are the Church. We follow Jesus, who found power not in dominance or political power, but in execution as a criminal.
Radio Silence and the Resistance
Rev. Emily Scott

I wholeheartedly agree with almost everything you’ve said.

The exception being that social activism (ie. fighting injustice) and civil disobedience are in fact the “political power” and “dominance” your conclusion eschews.

Nowhere does Jesus advocate fighting injustice in any way other than in the positive sense of taking care of the marginalized.

I don’t see anywhere that Jesus taught us to fight evil. We are to overcome evil with good. We are to be meek and humble and peace makers as Jesus said in the Beatitudes.

We are supposed to distinguish ourselves from the world by our love, but civil disobedience doesn’t do that. Engaging in it, regardless of our good motives, make “us” look just like “them”. And it allows people like our President to claim there is blame on “both sides”.

I also disagree with your position on “whitewashing”. This is the doctrine of guilt, and shared guilt at that.

Christianity has always been about forgiveness and redemption. There is no place for guilt. Jesus took our guilt upon Himself. How then do we justify heaping guilt on others?

My ancestors came from Sweden and Denmark in the early 1900s. None of them owned slaves or drove Native Americans from their lands. Why do I share the blame? For that matter, why should descendents of those who did share the guilt? We are only responsible for our own sins.

Yes, I understand the concept of White Privilege, and, yes, I agree that I’ve benefitted from it. What I disagree with is assigning guilt because of it, as if tearing down WP will elevate anyone else. What we need to do, as those with privilege, is to work to expand those privileges to everyone.

As Christians, we’re called to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to “encourage each other to love and good works,” not guilt each other into it. Fighting and blaming are not what Christ taught His people to do.

“If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

The means are more important than the ends. Trying to bring about the Kingdom with worldly means (guilt, intimidation, political power) will never work. We need to use Kingdom means.

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