Michelle Alexander’s purpose in The New Jim Crow is to show that “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow and that all those who care about social justice should fully commit themselves to dismantling this new racial caste system”
James Rebanks farms in the Lake District in England and wrote The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape. While so much farming has turned toward greater size and efficiency, the Lake District is a setting so rugged that only the most ancient of methods work. It’s an all-too-perfect metaphor for churches.
Well, Tuesday came and went. I guess that, to be fair, it extended well into Wednesday. Whether you were surprised or not, whether you breathed a sigh of relief or despair, time will march on. Perhaps the biggest revelation this election cycle wasn’t the particular candidate who won, but the seemingly ever-deepening divides in our nation. Your social media feed will push to simplify things, but it’s pretty complex and pervasive.
In light of passages like 1 Peter 3:14-16, how do you honor someone with whose views you profoundly disagree? Here are some thoughts to at least start the conversation: