…we are still aware of turmoil every day, the voices on every side being far more clamorous than they were…. We have moved into a far more stormy period of human history, and there is little prospect that the storm will subside.–The preface to the 1975 reprint of Elton Trueblood’s book “The Essence of Spiritual Religion” originally published in 1936.
We didn’t start the fire— Billy Joel, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Storm Front, Universal Music, 1989.
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it
Jesus said, I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I’m guarding it until it blazes.— The Gospel of Thomas. The Complete Gospels. 70-100 CE.
The ubiquitous, enduring nature of white supremacy reveals the chasm between the white church and the heart of God. For too long, white Christians have adulterously partnered with wealth and greed. We need to lift the weight of an oppressive economic system from the necks of our colorful siblings… the ‘justice’ system is only the lid of this much heavier pot.