I have learned how to pitch my tent in the wilderness. So days are better than others but here we are and here I am again writing my way through the wilderness:
When I was growing up, reruns of a suspenseful show called The Twilight Zone would often be on TV. I was not allowed to watch, but I remember the creepy music at the beginning, followed by an unseen narrator who introduced The Twilight Zone as the dimension that “lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.”
That about defines the year 2020.
There is a lot that people fear, and even more that we do not know. What does all this uncertainty mean for God’s people, leaders and the church?
Living in this current Twilight Zone means that we must learn to make sense of our present reality. There is no doubt that the world, our country, the church and so many people have entered a wilderness. For some it is the death of loved ones or the discomfort of poor health. For others, it may be the loss of a job, income, benefits or the anxiety of not having enough or not knowing what’s next.
Before the coronavirus entered the world and changed our lives, there was the pandemic of white supremacy. That is the idol, the principality and power, that fuels racism.
In America, that pandemic has supported genocide, the separation of families and the stealing of property from indigenous people. It resulted in the abduction and enslavement of Africans for hundreds of years. It led to the internment of many Asian Americans. It results in the dehumanization and exploitation of undocumented workers. It perpetuates the policing and judicial policies that have led to the mass incarceration and state-sanctioned murders of black and brown bodies. And here’s the unfortunate truth: The white-led, male-dominated American church has historically been complicit in most of this sin.
Today, I have the privilege of being featured on my Naval Academy classmate, Justin Nassiri’s podcast, Beyond the Uniform. We talked about a lot of difficult topics like race and gender for the first time. I hope it will inform and encourage you on the journey to justice. You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Here is a feature:
Justin is the Founder & Host of Beyond the Uniform. Previously, he founded StoryBox, a venture-backed marketing technology company used by over 35 Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an Officer in the Navy onboard submarines (USS Alaska SSB 732 & USS Chicago SSN 721).