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Jarvis J. Williams
Perhaps 1 reason those who profess Christ think of racism ONLY as a personal transgression instead of both personal transgression & a systemic power is they view sin ONLY as an individual transgression, instead of both as an individual transgression & an enslaving power?
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
But the Bible clearly teaches sin is both personal transgression and a power that enslaves the entire creation (Rom 3.23, 6.1ff, etc). Sin cursed the entire creation. God judged the entire creation b/c of sin (Gen 3; Rom 8).
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
Recognizing that sin is both a personal transgression and a tyrannical power that rules and reigns over the entire creation should precede Christian discourse on race.
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
If we see that sin is MUCH worse & MUCH more powerful than we think b/c of its universal reign over creation, then maybe a few more who profess Christ will see that racism operates at both personal & systemic levels, b/c sin operates at both personal & systemic levels.
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
Understanding sin’s power will NOT answer all questions Christians have abt the complexity of race & racism. We must be life long learners.
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
But seeing sin’s comprehensive power at least provides Christians with a theological foundation underneath current Christian racial discourse.
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
I think one problem in current racial discourse amongst some profess Christ is we are talking abt race, but we underestimate the power of sin. Or we are talking abt racism as sin, but we haven’t considered the complexity of race & racism & how sin uses these constructs in society
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Jarvis J. Williams Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
Perhaps to be helpful in Christian discourse on race and racism, we who profess Christ need to think a lot more abt what the Bible says abt sin, and we need to do more work seeking to understand the complexities of race & racism. Lord Jesus, please help us!
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ShakespearePendleton Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
The personal transgression is the sin of the flesh. But the flesh is one of a triumvirate: the world, the flesh, and the devil. You're talking here about the world. It provides an accommodating context for the flesh.
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ShakespearePendleton Jul 17
Replying to @drjjwilliams
Dr Williams, the thread that follows illustrates you point.
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Deborah Huegel Jul 16
Replying to @drjjwilliams
Does emphasis on a personal salvation/relationship with Jesus with little accountability to structures outside the individual lend itself to the same dismissal? If we don’t see structures as having authority then how can they have power and influence?
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