I don’t want to be a white Christian.

I don’t want to be a white Christian. And I don’t want you to be a black Christian. Or an Hispanic Christian. Or a Chinese Christian. Or an Indian Christian. At least grammatically. Because when I say white Christian I place my race in the position of an adjective, and it’s the job of an adjective to modify aContinue reading “I don’t want to be a white Christian.”

A white Christian’s reflections on Trayvon Martin

1. White America still doesn’t get it. Please forgive the obvious overgeneralization, but some version of this sentence needs to be wrestled with. There are many points to be made in the aftermath of the Martin-Zimmerman tragedy, but I’m not sure we’re even ready for that dialogue if we can’t first acknowledge this painful fact. For manyContinue reading “A white Christian’s reflections on Trayvon Martin”

Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 7

Perhaps I have once again been too optimistic. Is organized religion too inextricably bound to the status quo to save our nation and the world? Perhaps I must turn my faith to the inner spiritual church, the church within the church, as the true ekklesia and the hope of the world. But again I amContinue reading “Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 7”

Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 6

There was a time when the church was very powerful– In the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the moresContinue reading “Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 6”

Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 5

But despite these notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church. I do not say this as one of those negative critics who can always find something wrong with the church. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves the church; who was nurtured in itsContinue reading “Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 5”

Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 4

You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme. At first I was rather disappointed that fellow clergymen would see my nonviolent efforts as those of an extremist. I began thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community. One is a force of complacency, madeContinue reading “Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 4”

Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 3

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’sContinue reading “Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 3”