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Artist, Teacher, Blogger concerned with American culture, its effect on faith and how Christianity effects American culture, specifically, what the word "christian" means to Americans today.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Back in SoCal

Well, it's been a while since my last post... a long while, and as you will see from my sidebar, I no longer live in Chicago. I moved back to the southern California this past July, and it's been interesting. I really wasn't ready to leave Chicago and I didn't want to come back to L.A. but circumstances didn't permit me to stay in Chicago and L.A. was the only easy place to go, so here I am.


The last time I posted, I did a review of the book, "Jesus and Justice", which was an excellent book. I enjoyed reading it and reference it often however, I don't believe that Sojourners is going bridge the gap between Black / White relations in the Evangelical movement as Heltzel suggests. I believe it's going to take a lot more than any single organization to do that. The fact that after 200 years, there still is a gap suggests that it's going to take something truely transformative to remove the stale attitudes that persist, not just in Evangelicalism, but throughout Christendom...but I have to be honest, I don't know exactly what will. All I know is that these attitudes MUST change because they hurt the body as a whole and they damage people who belong to God, simply because they (we) don't fit the current mold of what a "Christian" should be, according to leaders whose hearts are far from God and have been for a long time.

I believe that Christendom needs a purging of leadship... or rather a shedding of the old and the installation of the new. A new church that genuinely doesn't see race or class or gender as components of spiritual devotion, but deals solely with the heart and the individual's desire to be one with their heavenly father, which is a blood-bought right that was paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, which every believer has the right to enjoy. Until we understand that this is the essence of our faith, and not what church, race, political organization or socio-economic group we belong to, we will never be able to see His kingdom come or His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.


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