Strike a Pose II: Posture, Attitude, and Cultural Implications

 

After deciding to attend the church service in South Africa, he came across a racial barrier, the church barred his way at the door. “Where do you think you’re going, kaffir?” an English man asked Gandhi in a belligerent tone.

Gandhi replied, “I’d like to attend worship here.”

The church elder snarled at him, “There’s no room for kaffirs in this church. Get out of here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps.”

This infamous incident forced Gandhi to never again consider being a Christian,

by Dibin Samuel
Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 23:50 (IST)

Have you ever considered the type of posture that you are projecting in your daily life? The bible calls it our “Witness” Acts 1:8. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a Signpost that that says “I love you, I value you and I care about you”; or it says, “I don’t want anything to do with you”. This Signpost speaks the truth, no matter what we say with our mouth. It is a continual battle the church wrestles with. The bible says:

“God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” The Message (MSG) John 3:17

The gulf of difference was far greater between we and Christ than any of us has to one another. But he didn’t point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad; (ignorant, lazy, illegal, too black, too white, inarticulate entitled, foreign, and “oh my”, un-American) it was. Some may say “this is out of line because Jesus was speaking of sin”. However, this is the exact point, because many of the times we take cultural differences, sprinkle in some prejudice and mistake it for the salt through a sense of self righteousness. Therefore, if we allow for some defining negative stereotypes or sweeping generalizations, then we are left with the marginalization that leads to racism. The last time we checked, the hatred of racism would be considered sin.

How many other Mahatma Gandis have been chased away from Christianity by this same kind of hypocrisy  This clandestine kind of hypocrisy contrast with the fish that people proudly display on their bumper stickers right along side of their favorite political candidate. Yet, in the parking lot, that same person clutches their purse at the sight of someone who is different or supports a different candidate.

In the high tech so called Post Racial Era, houses of worship mirror the our greater society that we seek to change. Meanwhile, society looks on, only to see a highly polarized and vastly irrelevant group of people, who look upon speck in society’s eye only to live with the beam of racial discord sticking out  its own eye. The hypocrisy exist in the number of so called multi-ethnic churches, like corporate America, that are lead by the White male CEO/Pastors. This Image is blurred even more with many nationalities in the pews and in society subjected to a unilateral demographic group or class controlling  finances and influence.

All of the while, along with Mahatma Gandi, Jesus himself is trying to come in.

 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”Revelation 3:20 New Living Translation (NLT)

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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