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. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#Ferguson


#Ferguson
I do not care if you hate me.  I do not care if you think that because of the melanin in my skin I am inferior to you.  I do not care if you are prejudiced and ignorant by choice to different cultures and points of view: you can have your opinions, you can have your views, and you have your biases.  As long as your biases do not affect my social mobility, I don’t care!  I know who I am, I do not need anyone's confirmation of my humanity and greatness for my affirmation of it.

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