Racists and White Supremacists Will Not Enter the Kingdom of Heaven…

managine-finances-eye-of-a-needleRacists and White Supremacists will not enter the kingdom of heaven…

Intersecting the black struggle against racism and White Supremacy with Liberation Theology, (I believe this theological system is the best to confront these issues) and yes, I will gladly provide hermeneutical reasoning for why I think the following:

“Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a [racist/White Supremacist] person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is [racist/White Supremacist] to enter the kingdom of God.” -Matthew 19:23-24

In context, the answer is said to a rich person challenging Jesus, so stay focused on a rich.

All white folks benefit from White Supremacy and racism! Sure, we didn’t create the system, but we inherited the system. The system inherited is beneficial to us. A whole lot of wealth in this country was originated off the backs of black slaves, who were oppressed by racism and White Supremacy for 200+ years!

I benefit from this system. I live a comfortable lower middle class or upper lower class life due to this system.

This system behooves me, a white person, a white man. Yes, I count myself among the working class peoples oppressed by the Capitalist fuckery, but as a cisgender, white, straight man, I benefit from the racist, White Supremacist, Capitalist system my ancestors put in place.

For us, in our context, wealth and racism/White Supremacy are directly correlated. There is no white wealth or comfortable living that hasn’t come from the centuries of slavery in this country, so I think it is entirely appropriate to read this Gospel story within a racial context.

I repent of my white privilege, my white supremacy, my racism, my comfort, my complacency, and my silence in a system of oppression that benefited/benefits me.

Please forgive me, my friends who aren’t white and don’t benefit from this White Supremacist system. I long to be like the tax collector in Luke 18:13, who cried out to God for mercy, but who is also like the woman in John 8:11 in wanting to go and sin no more.

Please forgive me as I join you in seeking to bring down these oppressive systems for the benefit of all of us and fighting along side you in the existential and human struggle for liberation.

Racists and White Supremacists will not enter the kingdom of heaven…

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the
people of this land], that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” -Book of Common Prayer

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