The same people who published the unnecessary and homophobic Nashville Statement last year are at it again, this time with the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. Once again, they are back to making themselves the victim of Big Culture. They’re taking all the blame away from themselves for the legacy of racism and misogyny, and they’re making sure you’re clear women are less than men (but should still be treated kinda nice). I will not share a link, because you don’t need to read it. Instead, here’s a blackout poem (inspired by holyblackedout, an Instagram and twitter account that I love) that’ll let you know how Christians who don’t have a skewed understanding of our faith feel about social justice and the gospel.
we affirm breath
(how we must live).
intersectionality, feminism, and critical race theory are
II. imago dei
we affirm every person
as divine image-bearers
we deny religion
as an image-bearer of God.
we affirm that
correct injustices that have been imposed
through cultural prejudice
IV. god’s law
call to repentance
all human relationships
the obligation to live justly in the world
in this life
VIII. the church
those who contradict.
we deny that
activities are either evidence of saving faith or constitute a central part of the church’s mission
X. sexuality and marriage
that one’s sex can be fluid
gay christian as legitimate
differences are good, proper, and beautiful
we deny that
spiritual value of one
we affirm that all people
are ontological equals
we are to weep with those who weep
should be celebrated
to rise above
we affirm that racism is a sin
and violates the law of love
the core principles of
the contemporary evangelical movement.
social issues (or activism aimed at shaping wider culture) are
to the life and health of the church
such things tend to
“Such things tend to lead to the gospel”
YES YES YES amen.
we affirm that blackout poetry will save us all. thank you for this tuesday morning inspiration <3 beautiful work.
I have goosebumps.
Thank you, this is breathtaking. <3
This is beautiful, thank you.
this is perfect
This is wonderful, thank you.
Thank you for this.
so beautiful. thank you.
I got chills. Thank you
This is grace. This is redemption. Thank you and amen.
This is magnificent. The only type of theology I ever want to read again.
This is very timely and poignant for me. Yesterday I had a very uncomfortable conversation with my evangelical, pentacostal sister beecause I had to confess that I broke up with my former boyfriend, to whom I had been engaged. This was only the tip of the iceburg of what I am now hiding from her… I used to wish she would draw closer to me, and now, I’m not sure i want to speak to her for a very long time. I just know she’d say that every part of my life right now is thee work of the devil. I must read this poem a few more times to tell myself otherwise, for it represents my truth. Thank you once again for reaffirming and supporting my life, which feels in crisis right now.
I am sorry you are in crisis, but I respect your strength, for what it is worth. Best to you.
This is so so gooood ? thank you thank you Al(aina).
This has me a little choked up. It’s so powerful.
A stunning collection. Thank you for sharing.
These are really lovely.
Proud of myself for choosing to affirm my humanity by following the holyblackedout instagram account instead of destroying another tiny piece of me by looking up the original statement that this came from.
Mary I’M proud of you!
Amen. Thank you so much.
This is beautiful. You’ve inspired me to tackle blackout poems with my 9th grade English class. ❤
this is beautiful!!! thank you!
This reminds me of fun times as a kid in church blacking out letters to make different words. Thank you :)