Welcome to Breaking Ground
“In the end, local solutions—multiplied by thousands—can become national solutions—if they are allowed to trickle up. It might be that the healing that will come will begin quietly, unspectacularly, when more people refuse to give up and move on even when that’s the reasonable thing to do; even in places the world doesn’t know exist: places like the hollows of these mountains.”
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Expanding the Conversation
- Matthew Loftus clarifies and calls out the increasingly fraught lines of (American) Christian opinion on social justice, race and police brutality.
- "If we win our independence, is that a guarantee of freedom for our descendants? Or will the blood we shed begin an endless cycle of vengeance and death with no defendants?” Jordan Ballor and Eric Hutchinson quote Hamilton and talk about the political necessity of forgiveness—in marriages and in nations.
- Zaid Jilani argues that seeing African Americans, or Muslims, or Jews, as part of victimized minority collectives is a toxic formulation that ensures that they are never treated fairly as individuals—and denies them the ability to exercise real power.
- Prudence is the virtue that enables our reason to understand our true good in a specific circumstance and to figure out the right way to achieve it: it's where our consciences meet the real world. Robert Christian argues that today's massive and complex crises cannot be addressed without the exercise of this neglected virtue.
- Vince Bantu and Mark Labberton discuss the varied dynamics and histories of African American communities around the United States, Black experience in the American church, and Bantu's own journey of reclaiming identity through African history and Christianity.
- Keith Mathison reflects on things for Christians to consider as they think and pray about how to respond to the civil magistrate during the pandemic.