Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Baltimore and the Necessity for Human Dignity

Baltimore and the Necessity for Human Dignity
Lawrence W. Rodgers

The week of April 27th of 2015 was indeed a week of turmoil. Baltimore went through a lot during this week and emotions were high. For this reason a deacon at the Westside Church of Christ where I serve named Joel Armstrong, Wade Allen a member, John Senior and his son Kamren a member, Winston Curry the minister of the Bowie Church of Christ and his son Donovon, Rex Butts the minister of the former Columbia Church of Christ, all went into Baltimore to try to create dialogues- Christian dialogues promoting the concepts of non-violence and trying to create conversations that would be long-term to help to create sustainable goals to the systemic problems that plague our city and the rest of the country.

The week of April 27th I wanted to hear from all sides so I had conversations with Baltimore police officers. I had conversations with local politicians. I have attended Town Hall and even was on the ground with protesters. Something that I think that everyone needs to do- and it doesn’t matter if they are in the position of the powerful or if they are in the position of the powerless, but everyone must see the human in each other. The tragedy of the world is how we often forget to search out the humanity in each other, the essential goodness embedded in each and every one of us. I reflect on Genesis 1:27, where the Bible reads, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How Injustice Will Not Prevail: A Look at Luke 18:1-8

How Injustice Will Not Prevail
A Look at Luke 18:1-8
Lawrence W. Rodgers

Jesus cares about injustice.  Jesus cares about righteousness.  It is unfortunate that too often we preach a Jesus who only cares about lifting up the status quo, a Jesus who is only concerned with upholding power structures no matter how corrupt they might be.  But this not the Christ! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Letter From A Ferguson Jail: What Dr. King Would Say About #BlackLivesMatter?


A Letter From A Ferguson Jail:
What Dr. King Would Say About #BlackLivesMatter?
Lawrence W. Rodgers


            What would Dr. King say about Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, Aiyanna Jones, Yvette Smith, or Michael Brown? 

Many individuals have quoted Dr. King lately, and being someone who has studied a great deal about Dr. King, I must say I feel too many are only interpreting Dr. King through the “I Have A Dream” speech. However, if that speech and with some short video clips is all you know of King, you do not know him.  If you are curious as to how Dr. King would respond to the #BlackLivesMatter movement please do understand, beloved, whichever answer you come up with it would certainly not be inaction.  I would encourage anyone who cares about justice, in any form, to read the landmark open letter by King, “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This article seeks to take this inspired letter and use it to prophetically address some questions for our time. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Tale of Two Elevators: Enough with Blaming the Victim!


The Tale of Two Elevators:
Enough with Blaming the Victim!

 Seeing so many individuals defend Ray Rice really demonstrates to me the deep problem of domestic violence in our country.  Enough with the victim-blaming, folks! Everyone is talking how their heart bleeds for Mr. Rice, but how about for Janay Palmer Rice?  This man knocked her out in an elevator and dragged her out like a sack of potatoes with her skirt sliding up to expose her buttocks as he dragged her.  If the NFL and the Ravens do not want this incident to be a part of their brand, I can understand that. 

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