RHM Update: May 18, 2021

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Recommended Reading for May

Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers
by Miguel A. De La Torre

“How curiously different is this white God from the one preached by Jesus who understood faithfulness by how we treat the hungry and thirsty, the naked and alien, the incarcerated and infirm. This white God of empire may be appropriate for global conquerors who benefit from all that has been stolen and through the labor of all those defined as inferior; but such a deity can never be the God of the conquered.”

Echoing James Cone’s 1970 assertion that white Christianity is a satanic heresy, Miguel De La Torre argues that whiteness has desecrated the message of Jesus.

In a scathing indictment, he describes how white American Christians have aligned themselves with the oppressors who subjugate the “least of these”—those who have been systemically marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status—and, in overwhelming numbers, elected and supported an antichrist as president who has brought the bigotry ingrained in American society out into the open.

With this follow-up to his earlier Burying White Privilege, De La Torre prophetically outlines how we need to decolonize Christianity and reclaim its revolutionary, badass message. Timid white liberalism is not the answer for De La Torre—only another form of complicity. Working from the parable of the sheep and the goats in the Gospel of Matthew, he calls for unapologetic solidarity with the sheep and an unequivocal rejection of the false, idolatrous Christianity of whiteness.

 

 


 

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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos

 

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The Inherent Relationship of Love and Justice (Part 1)

“There is a way to teach God’s love that is complicit in oppression and is harmful to marginalized communities. There is another way to teach love that can be foundational to the work of transforming our world into a safe, compassionate, just home for everyone.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/inherent-relationship-love-justice-part1/

The Inherent Relationship of Love and Justice (Part 2)

“Love that only leaves the privileged in a conscience-appeased state so they can sleep better at night isn’t a love worth having.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/inherent-relationship-love-justice-part2/

The Inherent Relationship of Love and Justice (Part 3)

“We can explore ways that understanding Universal love that lead us, not to private, assured passivity, but to the work of remaining in that love by shaping our world into a safe, compassionate, just home for each and every one of us.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/inherent-relationship-love-justice-part3

 

Hated by the Right People (Part 1)

“Being hated by the world is a theme in many sectors of Christianity that has been sorely abused.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/hated-right-people-part1

Hated by the Right People (Part 2)

“Too often we can conflate criticism and hate. Someone not liking something doesn’t mean they want it destroyed. And yet, if you find yourself being genuinely hated as a Jesus follower, it’s important to consider how much social location matters.”

 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/hated-right-people-part2

Hated by the Right People (Part 3)

“If we find ourselves opposed by the marginalized because we are actually standing between them and justice, obstructing their path toward a society that recognizes their full humanity, then we need to serious address why it is that our story is so fundamentally different from the Jesus story that we hold so dear.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/hated-right-people-part3

 

Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/

 


 

 

Last Week’s eSight and JFE Podcast Episode

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Hated by the Right People

“We should first stop and ask if we are genuinely being hated at all. And if we are, we must also realize it’s not enough to be hated. We have to ask ourselves who is it who is hating us and why. If we are hated by the same social groups that hated Jesus and for the same reasons, then we can claim Jesus’ blessing in Luke. But if we find ourselves opposed by the marginalized because we are actually standing between them and justice, obstructing their path toward a society that recognizes their full humanity, then we need to serious address why it is that our story is so fundamentally different from the Jesus story that we hold so dear.”

https://renewedheartministries.com/Esights/05-14-2021

 

Episode 371: Hated by the Right People

“We should first stop and ask if we are genuinely being hated at all. And if we are, we must also realize it’s not enough to be hated. We have to ask ourselves who is it who is hating us and why. If we are hated by the same social groups that hated Jesus and for the same reasons, then we can claim Jesus’ blessing in Luke. But if we find ourselves opposed by the marginalized because we are actually standing between them and justice, obstructing their path toward a society that recognizes their full humanity, then we need to serious address why it is that our story is so fundamentally different from the Jesus story that we hold so dear.”

Listen at: https://renewedheartministries.com/podcasts/371Hated.mp3

 


 

 

 

 


Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights

Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery.  Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday.  The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more information and for the link to participate each week, contact RHM here.

 

 


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