The Idolatry of Whiteness


The Idolatry of Whiteness

June 23: Hearts Turned to God (Lay Preachers)
Laura Sutkus, James Bix South, Anne Crandall

1 Kings 18:20-39

"When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, 'The LORD indeed is God; the LORD indeed is God.'" (v. 39)

While the concept of "idolatry" is often seen as either anachronistic or as an unsophisticated way to critique wealth, it holds great potential for seeing America's historic sins in new ways. The Spirit is stirring Christian people across the country to take up the call to speak hard truth about injustices we have learned to ignore. It's time for us, as white people and followers of Christ, to get serious about the toxic idolatry of white supremacy in our nation's history and present. In this series, we explore the functions of idols in the life of the Hebrew people and how those functions are replicated by a white racial identity in our own time. We listen to the prophets of old, applying their wisdom to our current context of idolatrous worship in the name of becoming and remaining "white".




Envisioning the City of God: 

Learning from the Book of Revelation

June 2: The Blood of the Lamb

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

"Blessed are those who wash their robes" (22:14)

"[making] them white in the blood of the Lamb." (7:14)

May 26: Lay Preachers share why they worship

(Michael Henderson, Joanne Murray,

& Gerry Flaten)

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

"...the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in [the city] and [Their] servants will worship..." 22:3

May 19: The Establishment of the New

Revelation 21:1-6

"And the One who was seated on the throne said, 'See, I am making all things new.'" v.5

Unfortunately, this sermon did not get recorded.

May 12: God and The Great Ordeal

Revelation 7:9-17

"These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." v.14

 May 5: The Lamb Instead of the Lion

Revelation 5:11-14

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" v.12

April 28: The Coming Wholeness of God

Revelation 1: 4-8

"Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and on His account all the tribes of the earth will wail." v. 7 

Our congregation has undertaken a risky thing during Eastertide- we are studying the Revelation to John. We are not studying it as a roadmap to the end of the world, nor as a moralistic allegory, but instead consider it an historical call for churches to stay loyal to Christ in the midst of Empire. We gather each week to unpack the symbols and the violence in the text, to reveal the way of our Loving God, hidden in plain sight.