Oppression and injustice happen when a person or a group of people is deprived, usually by law or by force, of basic and equal rights that are allotted to others. Often oppression and injustice use categories of people to afflict their damages. For example, our country was founded and built on laws that allowed for the brutal killing and enslavement of blacks and Native Americans, with many laws explicitly benefiting white people by name. This is oppression and injustice. Refugees are oppressed by something going on in their home country that they are fleeing from in order to save their lives. This is often religious or ethnic persecution and is often related to wars or guerrilla warfare dangers. The oppressed are the ones under the boot of those with power. We get less comfortable talking about oppression and injustice when we start looking at the vast inequities in the United States between whites and people of color. It’s a lot easier to talk about oppression of biblical times and the distant past, but much more uneasy when it’s right under our nose and we may or may not even be aware of it or acknowledge it.
In Episode 31, Noah interviews his oldest brother Patrick on why he (Patrick) thinks you should get rid of Facebook. Whether you agree or disagree with Patrick, you’re bound to look at your social media behavior differently after this interview.
We also jump into the mailbag for a BIG question about if God is in control of everything that happens or not.
Noah’s rant is back and epic as always.
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This past Sunday night in our small group, we came upon the following verse from 2 Timothy 2:25: Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth It hit me pretty clearly that I have not been doing this in the past […]
Quick, what’s your take on immigration? Well that depends if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. What’s your take on abortion? Again, it depends on if you sport the elephant or the donkey. On helping the poor. On Syrian refugees. On systemic racism. Even on sexuality. Of these many hot button issues, where do you […]
Dear Refugee, (Documented and Undocumented) Immigrant, Muslim & African-American: This is a letter to tell you you are loved. I love you and many others do as well. Recently some have spewed hate in your direction. They’ve scrawled it on bathroom walls, spray-painted it on dugouts and have told you to go back to “where […]