Our lives as they are set up to be

IF our neighborhoods are set up to be segregated… 
IF our schools are set up to be segregated…
IF our churches are set up to be segregated…
IF businesses are set up to be segregated… 
IF power and influence and wealth are set up to be segregated…. 

AND 

IF segregation is rooted in inequality, injustice, opportunity hoarding, oppression, privilege, and racism… 

AND 

IF Jesus’s very life and message was in STARK contrast to those things… 

THEN 

when Christian writers, teachers, and pastors are teaching about our living out our faith in our neighborhoods, our schools, our businesses, our small groups, and using our influence for the Kingdom….it would make sense that almost weekly we would be hearing about themes of relocation, downward mobility, our role in a system of oppression, title 1 schools, dangers of gentrification, understanding white flight and white saviorism, repentance of resource hoarding, a proper understanding of who our neighbor is… and the personal cost involved in being neighborly in a way that heals. 

BUT

I’m hard-pressed to even at times find breakout sessions at Justice centered conferences dealing with some of these things. Much less on Sunday Mornings. Or in our books. Or in our bible studies. 

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT 

Could it be that it’s easier to be told we need to read our Bibles more, to fall in love with Jesus more, to tithe more, to fight temptation more, to bloom where we are planted, to pursue our dreams, to put our family first, that it doesn’t matter where we live as long as we love well, and that we can do the reconciling, freedom bringing, Kingdom building, empire crushing, neighbor healing work of the gospel without it costing us our very lives…as they are set up to be?

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