Fragment #5 – Christianity is A Socially Located Religion

Nanowrimo is not happening for me this year, but I’m trying to write everyday in November. I’ll be posting fragments of what I write here daily, edited very lightly for clarity and grammar. Here’s post #5.

To put in plainly, it is *harder* to be a Christian when you are white, middle class, American, straight, etc. etc. then it is when you are almost anything else. And, for the very same reason, it is easier to be a respectable member of our society when you are white, middle Class, American, straight, etc. etc. than anything else.

Why is this the case? Because there is almost nothing within a white, middle class, American background that will give you the tools to unlock Jesus’ call. Follow Jesus when you come from privilege means a lot of hard, difficult work; and since most of our white, middle class churches are structured in a way so as to prevent people from having to do the hard, difficult work, it never gets done; and Jesus’ words of life get turned into words of death.

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