Filmed this after last night’s Bible study. We’re exploring the Bible as literature (because the Bible is literature), and learning some really interesting things about what makes Scripture important here and now.
It doesn’t matter that Dr. Tisha Brooks and I share a hometown, or that she, her husband, my wife, and I all graduated from the same college.
What matters is that what she’s saying here.
The Stockley case is egregious. If you’re not a person of color and have had a hard time understanding that Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist or militant operation, and that saying “Black Lives Matter” does not mean saying “Only Black Lives Matter,” I’d be happy to talk with you. You’ll get my perspective as a Christian who also happens to be white.
What Tisha is saying here is vital for such a time as this.
Message from Tisha
Repost from Instagram @phdgirl24
This morning the “not guilty” verdict from the Stokley trial was released here in St. Louis and I got into an unexpected and heated debate with my landlord, who argued that the answer to problems like these is voting and Jesus, but not in his words “being in the streets.” I couldn’t disagree more for 3 reasons: 1) I’m currently writing a paper about activism as spiritual practice; 2) many of the people in my community are voters, Jesus-followers and are protesting in the streets as we speak; and 3) the Jesus I follow was always in the streets (or in the homes) of people who were marginalized, powerless, outcast and alienated from society. To the dismay of those in power, Jesus hung out with, listened to, and stood alongside of the poor, the sick and exiled, prisoners, prostitutes, and “the least of these.” In fact, it was this refusal to align himself with those in power that led to his crucifixion.
We are followers of Jesus because he was radical. We are followers of Jesus because he was a revolutionary. We are followers of Jesus because he has always been clear about where he stands. And though we are not allowed to hang this #blacklivesmatters sign in our window or post it in the front yard, because we do not own the property we stay in, we want to make it clear where we stand. We stand with Jesus, in the streets, in full support of those who are committed to being his hands and feet in this very broken and unjust world.
Activism = Jesus in the Streets.
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Enrichen? Enrich? (It’s enrich.)
Feel free to print this out and paperclip it to the rough draft of Mark 10 currently in your Bibles, beloved.
“…It all gets used by men who probably have unchecked, unspoken ulterior needs and motives- it gets used to relegate women, and not only to relegate women but to teach them that their role is not only to be subservient to men but that that role of subservience is preordained by God. That’s what cults do. That is not freedom in Christ. That is not the teaching of Paul- and forget about Paul- that’s not the teaching of Jesus nor it is the action of Jesus.”
Good Friday at a diner, Maundy Thursday and food; Jesus’ death is a true story about our life.