I’m so excited to have Drew Miller share his perspective on the injustices in our theology:
(And we can always use a preached word from Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil!)
In Genesis 10, the author gives us a genealogy explaining the nations that descended from Noah. In the American interpretive tradition, this passage was used as an excuse for slavery, arguing that the descendants of Ham were black, and since Ham was cursed, blacks must be too. This passage comes just after the chapter when God told Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply” (9:7). The genealogy, then, is not a condemnation of a certain people group–a reading which is clearly not in the text–but rather a fulfillment of Noah’s son’s faithfulness to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply. The genealogy celebrates the many different people that came from Noah, their lands, and their languages–using it to condemn slavery is mission the whole point.
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Neglected Voices in the Church Summary
Throughout this series, I have purposely referred to the “white man” or the “white tribe” signaling the great divide between the dominate culture and everyone else in America. In spite of the drastic changes in racial and ethnic demographics in this country, white males in many cases remain “gate keepers” in positions of power which determine who are the haves and have-nots, whose voices are worthy of attention, who gets a seat at the table, and how our stories are told. We see this everywhere from the corporate offices, to school buildings, university campuses, church denominations, publication, media and broadcasting…but if the political climate is any indication, the tide is quickly turning.
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