Who’s the American church’s real enemy? Are minorities safe in white churches? How should Christians think about gender dysphoria? And how can we love our country without idolizing it?
Get thoughtful responses to these questions from Aaron Earls, Jarvis Williams, Andrew Walker and Kaitlyn Schiess in today’s Weekend Reading.
Is our chief opponent an overpowering government that seeks to eliminate Christianity, a la George Orwell’s 1984? Aaron Earls argues that our enemy is more like that in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World — the enemy within. He writes,
Our most dangerous and present enemy is not an external Orwellian government seeking to outlaw dissidents; it’s a pervasive desire within our congregations for amusement more than sanctification. Read More>>
How do ethnic minorities feel within predominately white churches? Jarvis Williams explains,
Are minorities emotionally safe in predominately white Christian spaces? It depends on the white Christian spaces. Churches unwilling to see their mono-cultural biases, to talk about race, and to live in reconciled community with those who do not share their cultural postures stand no chance at providing emotionally safe spaces for ethnic minorities. Read More>>
Andrew T. Walker offers a balanced, grace-filled response to gender dysphoria. He writes,
Though statistically rare, people experiencing gender dysphoria are closer than we may think. They are our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters. They’re people who may have been sitting in the pew behind us for decades, those who have fought against the desire to see themselves as the opposite sex but who struggle nonetheless. Read More>>
How can we love our country without idolizing it? Kaitlyn Schiess tackles this question at Christ and Pop Culture. She writes,
Rightly ordering our loves allows for patriotism and love of country, but it prevents nationalism and idolization of country. Read More>>
What are you reading this weekend?