I ended up staying home today as well. Sat in the sun. Snoozed for a couple of hours in the middle of the day. Surfed the internet in the afternoon. Finished an assignment.
Read up quite a lot about Charlottesville and the responses from Christian leaders who haven't sold their soul to nationalism over evangelism:
Two from the Auburn Seminary:Will Christian America Pick Up Its Cross?
Every word of every book in the scripture was written by a person who was colonized or under threat of colonization by empire. The good news of The Bible must be considered good news to the colonized!What I Saw In Charlottesville
The courage of the clergy present inspired me. In public gatherings and in private conversations before Saturday, participating clergy were warned that there was a high possibility of suffering bodily harm. A group of clergy (pictured below) walked arm-in-arm into the very center of the storm, so to speak, delaying entry to the park as they stood, sang, and kneeled. (Lisa Sharon Harper shares her reflections here.) This symbolic act took a great deal of courage, and many who did so were spat on, subjected to slurs and insults, and exposed to tear gas. I hold them in the highest regard.
Even Tim Keller has something to say:Race, The Gospel, and the Moment
First, Christians should look at the energized and emboldened white nationalism movement, and at its fascist slogans, and condemn it—full stop. No, “But on the other hand.”
In Australia, the government has decided to waste $122million (estimated) on a survey
of whether same-sex marriage should be legal. It's a survey because it's non-binding and non-mandatory vote. (A 'plebiscite' is a non-binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter, and a 'referendum' is a binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter. Aren't you glad I told you?)
The most godly Christian response to the whole situation that I have yet seen has been given by someone who wasn't even on my radar in Australian Christianity. But it encapsulates everything that I wanted to say about what's going on and how Christians are reacting/behaving.Hey Christians, Watch Out For That Plebiscite
As per usual, it is advisable not to read the comments.
--In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored...
by Harry Leslie Smith, survivor and soldier of WWII.
I know most of you are here for the fic and the giggles, and I imagine that you're a little pissed off that I'm putting up links about politics and faith. Fair enough.
Truthfully, I'm just having a perfect storm of real-world issues relevant to my interests as a Christian, as an Australian-born Australian of Chinese descent, as the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants and refugees, and as a woman.