Wednesday, February 24, 2016
America: past, present, future
Yesterday I got to hear one of my heroes speak, and I even got to meet him, very briefly. A bit more on that below.
There is so much going on in our nation's political and cultural conversation right now, with so many complex parts fitting together in sometimes-weird ways. And I definitely do not pretend to understand it all.
But I am certain of this: there's one very large background piece to the conversation that most people have a fairly shallow understanding of, and that's the Civil Rights era.
If you wanted to do a little investigation, here's a pretty good starter step: read John M. Perkins' book, "Let Justice Roll Down." He's a for-real Civil Rights hero, and at "85... and a half" (as he said yesterday), he's still going strong.
And after you read his story, go love someone very different from you, in the name of Christ and his kingdom. A public theology of love will go a long way toward shaping the future in a way that matters.
By the way, I'm the one on the left in the picture.