The tenets of true freedom, divine dignity, and equality for all are the ultimate obstacles to conservative evangelical Christianity’s battle to take the hill and lord itself over our country.
If God was there at the cross, and Jesus rose again, then God could still be here —even after death, even after suffering, after divorce and betrayal. And the theology of the cross that is Lutheran not only heals, but it indicts.
It's a verse that has served to silence not only women but also people of color and anyone who dares to challenge the ruling class of white, conservative, Christian evangelical men.
#TheDeclaration should not have worked. It’s too long. It had too many drafters. But it did work, and it is working. Why? I believe it’s because the message is the anthem of our era.
We publicly declare that what we hold in common in this confession is threatened by the festering infection of Eurocentric white nationalism and white supremacy.
The word courage or “counter-cultural witness” is typically reserved for those willing to die themselves rather than a term for those using oppressed minority groups as a bullet shield for their own existential anxieties about losing political power in a changing world.