How can we continue the conversation on race in every season? A guest post by Rich Villodas
In the wake of the no-indictment verdict in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, I noticed an avalanche of tweets, updates, and pictures from people articulating their anger, justification, theology, venom, ignorance, and sadness. In moments like these, in large part due to the ubiquitous nature of social media, everyone is given an opportunity to express ideologies pertaining to our nation’s sociopolitical and religious milieu.
I appreciate the democratization of technology that we enjoy, especially via social media. But our anger, sadness, and wisdom tends to be short-lived. Our society suffers from what some have called a “continuous state of partial inattention.” Consequently, issues that arise hardly get the kind of slow, thoughtful, and contemplative attention that’s required for substantial change to occur in our personal lives, churches, and cities. In a few days or weeks, our anger and concern will subside. The dust will settle and we will be on our way to the next issue the media feeds us. But there is a better way.
To begin to see new communities emerge that reflect Jesus’ reconciled kingdom reality, the conversation of race and …read more
Source:: Christianity Today