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Political Jesus has moved. Welcome to the #ResistDaily

Greetings fam!

For the past three years, I (Rod) had contemplated moving the blog once known as Political Jesus and shifting its focus. After months of discernment, late last year I decided after the Charisma magazine debacle, that this city deserves a better class of Christian magazines.  I imagined the possibility of a magazine to serve both the Church and the World in a forward-thinking faithfulness committed to: Christian Nonviolence, Cultural Intelligence, Interdenominational Dialogue, and Gender Equity. What if rather than news stories centered on cults of celebrity,  or which U.S American political party is doing it wrong this week, there was a Christian publication with a Christ-centered approach, with an eye for the margins?

Thus was born The Resist Daily: The Everyday Politics of Jesus for the Global Neighborhood. You can read more about our mission on our Start Here page.  Over the years, I had a lot of help bringing relevant essays each month at what was Political Jesus. Over the next few days, I will be asking for more help to make The Resist Daily a successful publication. I would like to take the time to thank my friends T.C. Moore for the Logo and the banner, and Alan Noble of Christ and Pop Culture for responding and giving advice about how we should move forward.

Lastly, I recognize the significance of the day of this launching. While the launch date was more of a coincidence, we were inspired by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s use of the idea of a “global neighborhood.” In his Where Do We Go From Here?, MLK discussed the uses of technology, the hidden dangers and promises of scientific “progress” and how the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. became recognized worldwide. It is the hope of the staff and writers at the The Resist Daily that this publication will be as committed to peacemaking, the liberation of the poor, and human diversity as leaders such as Rev. Dr. King Jr. and others were.

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Black Christians And Calvinism

Some Blog Posts of Note for the Week of January 6th, 2013

This week, blog posts on Calvinism, Reformed theology, and race (ahem, and gender) that showed up on my radar. Here are some interesting links:

African Americans And Big God Theology by Jemar Tisby

The Big God Lie and Why It’s Dangerously Wrong by T.C. Moore

The Hole In Jonathan Edwards Holiness by T.C. Robinson

Some Humans Are More Equal Than Others: Joshua Harris by Sarah Moon

The Worst Book On Racial Reconciliation. Ever. By T.C. Moore

Interviews with the Reformed African American Network at Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog at the TGC

Our Culture Of Fear Of Different Cultures by Christena Cleveland

“From a survival perspective, it is adaptive for people to stay alert to negative information; in order to stay safe, you need to be aware of the dangers. However, from a Kingdom perspective, it is adaptive for members of the body of Christ to stay alert to positive information about others. In order to stay unified, we need to override our natural tendency to focus on what we perceive to be negative information about other groups and instead stay alert to the positive information that they bring to the table of faith.”

– Christena Cleveland

Yes, Gospel Coalition @TGC There Are Evangelical Christians In New England

Why Revivals Led By People Of Color Are Ignored

Part of the realities of the in the Southern portion of the United States, and dealing with believers and defenders of the Lost Cause is to listen false myths why the Northeastern part of the U.S. remains godless and unconverted, and needs to be a missionary field. Partly responsible for this false myth, as I have discussed the past few months is the erroneous but very popular idea that the Confederate States of America were a Christian nation. In order to come to that belief, you would have to redefine “christian” as someone who didn’t really believe Jesus was Lord, that God was not the Father of all of humanity, and who didn’t love their neighbors as themselves.  That’s a lot of redefining if you ask me.

It comes to no surprise to me at least that the Gospel Coalition is pushing this myth (along with Christianity Today, they full-heartedly support “paleo-confederate” Douglas Wilson). An example of this is Jared Wilson (he of posting Doug Wilson’s colonizing women quote infame) in one of his recent posts in response to a UCC pastor, No Ma’am, New England Does Need Conversion. It’s not that Wilson has to provide any evidence why New England is more sinful or need in revival than the South; he doesn’t have to. He can rely on part of the myth of the Lost Cause, that includes the abolitionists the Southern States being more conservative and Christian than the North.  Wilson: “I know many long-time New Englanders whose years of experience here trumps Rev. Heath’s (and mine!) who have been praying for just the level of interest we’ve been seeing lately, and more. I trust their word as more authoritative and experienced than hers.”

Is he sure he doesn’t trust her words because she is a woman? #IJS

Other than that, Wilson offers no evidence or proof, it’s just take his word for it; there isn’t a revival (re:white male lead) going on in New England.

To the contrary of the continuation of the Lost Cause-placed in-Revivalist-Language, there is a revival going on in New England, it’s just not in the communities that Jared Wilson, the Gospel Coalition, or the other white Southern evangelical “missionaries” want to recognize. The “Quiet Revival” (lead by communities that have been historically silenced) is happening in places like Boston, in bi-lingual and immigrant settings, in Spanish, Korean, and among the ‘African, African American, Anglo, Asian, Brazilian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Greek, Haitian, Hispanic, Indian, Korean, Korean-American, Latvian, Multi-ethnic, Nigerian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and West Indian.’ Are these populations less Evangelical because of the language they speak and the color of their skin? I say, Ney!, since we live in a post-Pentecost world, where multi-lingualism and ethnic diversity serve as testimony to the Risen Christ.

For more on this issue, I leave you with T.C. Moore’s No, Sir, New England is already Experiencing Revival–You Just Need Eyes to See It.

Also, for more research and studies on New England and Evangelicalism please see: Asian American Evangelical Churches: Race, Ethnicity And Assimilation in the Second Generation by Anthony W. Alumkal as well as Soong Chan-Rah’s The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity .

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