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".
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.