The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class people that the source of their pain is people of color, immigrants and other scapegoats

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to beat the trick. The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class people that the source of their pain is people of color, immigrants and other scapegoats. King recruited impoverished white residents of Appalachia, Latino farm workers from California and impoverished blacks from Mississippi. It was a Rainbow Coalition before the term was even coined. Organizers for a “new Poor People’s Campaign” and the Fight for $15 movement will launch rallies across the mid-South to raise awareness of the plight of the nation’s poor. The campaign is calling for thousands of cooks and cashiers to walk off their jobs Monday and join protests in two dozen cities.

Source: A pastor helps revive MLK’s most radical campaign – CNN

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Robert Jeffress doesn’t care if Trump believes the positions he’s advocating

“I can’t look into the president’s heart to know if he really personally believes these positions he’s advocating, or whether he thinks it’s smart politics to embrace them because of the strong evangelical influence in the country. But frankly, I don’t care. As a Christian, I’m seeing these policies embraced and enacted, and he’s doing that.”—Robert Jeffress

Robert Jeffress is a Texas megachurch pastor and one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers.

Source: Evangelicals, Having Backed Trump, Find White House ‘Front Door Is Open’ – The New York Times

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Trump’s comments honoring Martin Luther King Jr. “added insult to injury”

“His own comments expose him. They were elitist and blatantly racist.” Trump’s comments honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “added insult to injury.”

A.R. Bernard is a black pastor of a 40,000-member church in New York City. He resigned from the evangelical council in August 2017 after Trump blamed “both sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville.

Source: Some evangelical leaders continue to back Trump after his ‘shithole’ comments – The Washington Post

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All people are capable of many good and beautiful things

The religious right understand themselves to be in an epic battle against what they call “humanism,” that liberals have too positive a view of human nature. I don’t think the Bible requires us to adopt a nihilistic, anti-humanist view of human nature. Sin is very real and very imprisoning to humanity. And yet, people are capable of many good and beautiful things, even people who have never “accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and savior.” — Morgan Guyton

Morgan Guyton is director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. He is also a United Methodist pastor, blogger, and author of dozens of articles featured in Red Letter Christians, Huffington Post Religion, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, and others.

Source: If Donald Trump wins, I will blame toxic Christianity and here’s why

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We must learn to regard people more in the light of what they suffer

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, and anti-Nazi dissident. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential. He was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned for one and a half years. Later he was transferred to a Nazi concentration camp. After being accused of being associated with the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried and then executed by hanging.

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Wovenhand’s David Eugene Edwards speaks at length to pastor Jonathan Hanley

Everything is through his Son at the moment, so it’s just being shown who he is. You know, this is eternal life – to continue to know who he is. The whole meaning of his Word is mercy. That’s the point of the Word. There is no religion that is real. There is just God and he’s there. He is merciful. We are not merciful. I am in need of the eternal intercession of my Saviour.

Source: Wovenhand: David Eugene Edwards speaks at length to pastor Jonathan Hanley – Wovenhand

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I am Mennonite, and we are Racist

“Segregation is one face of racism. The Mennonite tradition perpetuates through family. It shows charity to the outsider, but does not necessarily allow the outsider to be included unless they assimilate into everything – the faith, the culture, the family traditions. Despite being a people who endlessly preach peace and justice, who claim to be fighting against the evils of prejudice, most of us aren’t even aware how complicit we are with our own racism. I need transformation. We all do.”

Source: I am Mennonite, and we are Racist | Pastors in Exile

Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist-rooted movement of community pastors outside of church walls. We believe that church is evolving into something beyond just a specific community in a specific place at a specific time. Everyone who seeks to join God’s loving and transforming work in the world is invited to be a pastor in exile with us.

Follow them on Twitter at: @pastorsinexile.

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Dear World, Franklin Graham Doesn’t Speak For Us, Or Jesus

“Dear world, Franklin Graham is not our leader, not our pastor, not our spokesperson, nor our example—and with all due respect, in my personal opinion, he’s nothing like Jesus. The screeching sound of his bigotry, pride, self-righteousness, mean-spirited condemnation, and imperialistic faith overtakes and overshadows all.” — Chris Kratzer

See: Dear World, Franklin Graham Doesn’t Speak For Us, Or Jesus

Chris Kratzer is a husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. His focus is communicating the message of Grace and the beauty of Jesus particularly as it relates to life, culture, and church.

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A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

“There has arisen in the United States a growing menace to political order and justice that seeks to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people, and foment hatred, classism, and ethnic cleansing.” — pastor Dwight McKissic of Texas

Source: A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

See also:

Resolution for the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting – Condemning the Alt-Right & White Nationalism

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Embracing criticism gives us lots of chances to love our enemy

““When you embrace criticism instead of avoiding it, you get lots of chances to love your enemy.” — Brian D. McLaren

See: How to be a purple church in a red state

Brian D. McLaren is a prominent Christian pastor, author, activist and speaker. His latest book is The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.

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Saeed Abedini Blasts Prosperity Preachers: ‘Churchianity Killing Millions of Christians’

“Radical Muslims may kill hundreds of us in terror incidents, but ‘Churchianity’ is killing hundreds of millions of Christians all around the world and keeping the rest in a deep sleep.” — Pastor Saeed Abedini

Saeed Abedini is an Iranian American Christian pastor who was imprisoned in Iran for threatening “national security” by making Christian gatherings.

See: Saeed Abedini Blasts Prosperity Preachers: ‘Churchianity Killing Millions of Christians’

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What ‘The Leftovers’ Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith

“Think of people you consider fanatical. They’re overbearing, self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive and harsh. Why? It’s not because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian enough. They are fanatically zealous and courageous, but they are not fanatically humble, sensitive, loving, empathetic, forgiving or understanding – as Christ was. Because they think of Christianity as a self-improvement program they emulate the Jesus of the whips in the temple, but not the Jesus who said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7). What strikes us as overly fanatical is actually a failure to be fully committed to Christ and his gospel.” — Timothy Keller

See: What ‘The Leftovers’ Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith

Timothy Keller is an American pastor, theologian and Christian apologist. He is best known as the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York, and the author of The New York Times bestselling books The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/timkellernyc

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Christians must create and nurture culture, not just complain about it

“Even more important for Christians than being on the front lines of the culture war is participating in the culture—and better yet, helping to create and nurture it. If the main contribution that Christians make to culture is complaining about it, we’re doing something wrong. Christians and the arts community start by learning to look at each other as potential allies, even friends, instead of as sworn enemies.” — Eric Metaxas

See: Eric Metaxas: Christians Must Contribute to Culture, Not Just Complain About It

Eric Metaxas is an American author, speaker, and radio host. He is known for two biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ericmetaxas

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