A fellow progressive Christian, John Pavlovit, penned a powerful article that openly confronts the hatred and bigotry that continues to rise in Christian communities. I was moved by his words, and I think you will be too.
"There are two ways to slide easily through life, to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." Those two paths-unquestioning belief and unyielding disbelief, fundamentalist faith and radical skepticism-have for years polarized the debate over religion. In its starkest equation, the polemic pits those who view reason as wholly antithetical to their beliefs, against those whose rationalism leaves no room for the mysteries of faith. But is there some middle ground?
*By Jonathan Merritt In 2010, Barna Group released a poll indicating that 4 out of 10 non-church Americans claim they do not attend due to negative experiences with churches or congregants. Seven years later, I doubt the numbers have improved. Countless Americans have been hurt by a church’s negative teachings, oppressive policies, immoral leaders, rigid expectations and misbehaving … Continue reading Hurt by the Church? It’s Time to Talk About It.
We must not stop doing the necessary and much needed work of charity, but we also must not stop there. We must push on, risking ourselves, risking ridicule, risking our places of privilege, and reclaim the biblical and prophetic voice of justice. We must stand in the footsteps of the likes of Dr. King, Dorothea Day, and Gandhi for without justice, charity falls short.
Because, you see, charity and justice? They are a matched set. It is time to let justice roll.