Remembering and re-memberingJune 3, 2019
Today’s Must Read Monday starts with a couple of Must Watch videos…
First, here’s Mikey…he’s nine.
Second, here’s David Platt praying for and with the President who arrived unexpectedly at McLean Bible Church on Sunday morning following a round of golf.
This month the Supreme Court of the United States is expected to issue decisions in a number of cases. Here’s a primer.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France. Ideas have consequences and bad ideas – like Socialism – have victims. Listen to my hour-long deep dive into socialism with Bruce Ashford as a reminder of why we don’t want to return to Communism, Fascism nor Socialism ever again.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China but many are trying insure that the Chinese people forget it ever happened.
As Christians we know the importance – even the Biblical mandate – to remember, and never forget. In the Lord’s supper we remember. In the rhythms of the liturgical calendar, we remember. In praying the Lord’s Prayer and reciting the Apostle’s Creed, we remember. We re-member. We re-mind our minds and we re-attach our hearts and re-cognize who we are as children re-united with God. Our identity, belonging and purpose are re-connected to who God is and what God is doing redemptively in the world He created and loves. We are the re-people! We re-member (becomes members again of the Body, the Vine, the family, the Church…) in order that we might live.
We may be tempted to condemn the Chinese for working so hard to forget and force others to forget but let us examine the plank in our eye as a people prone to forgetting.
As Americans who have chosen to forget a history of racialized discrimination, economic oppression and yes, murderous hate in our own land. This week marks the 98th anniversary of a mass atrocity in America. It happened in Tulsa on May 31, 1921 and I’m betting you don’t know about it. For two days beginning May 31, 1921, a white mob set fire to hundreds of black-owned businesses and homes on Greenwood Avenue, a black business district so prosperous it was dubbed “the Negro Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington. More than 300 black people were killed. More than 10,000 black people were left homeless, and 40 blocks were left smoldering. Survivors recounted black bodies loaded on trains and dumped off bridges into the Arkansas River and tossed into mass graves.
This Wednesday, Justin Giboney joins me to discuss ongoing acts of racialized violence in America. Including these stories from the past week:
- Starkville, Mississippi KOA story of white woman pulling gun on young African American couple with git-git
More REAL history I suspect most Americans do not know – or have chosen to forget. Red lines and contract buying robbed black families of equity and generational wealth accumulation.
And yes, in the church.