Minority Status. Yes!

“You feel me yet?” Yep. Been preaching to my fellow white folks that we would become -on many levels- an American and world minority for decades. Nobody wants the gig. Understandable, especially if you’ve been in the driver’s seat so long you never noticed or are in denial of what that means for those without such privilege.

How do you think God teaches us to share the wealth, share the controls, choose a back seat rather than the “catbird seat”? This. Right here and right now. Belly up to it you who have been shouting “UNITY… GOD WANTS UNITY!!” Did God change His mind now that you are facing your own lack of control, entering more of a phase of no longer BEING in control? THIS my white friends, is a small part of what people of color, migrants, refugees, Blacks, Native Americans, Asians and immigrants have faced daily for… well… basically forever.

Empathy is often learned best with famine, right? Joseph and his brothers anyone? Not only did he forgive them but though he suffered injustice upon injustice he was faithful to God, was delivered but when in power used that authority to bless, even feed (migrant workers anyone??) and sustain them.

Don’t miss the fact God told Joseph to tell Pharaoh straight-up to TAX (that’s exactly what it was) one-fifth of their produce for seven long years. Can you imagine what many, maybe most Americans would do in that scenario? Mamma! Come on now, fess up!

Who but God and Joseph were certain of seven years of prosperity and seven years after that of devastating famine? Pharaoh, a full-on pagan leader was humble and wise enough to hear God’s truth from this Jewish prisoner and then acted on it. Don’t miss this: God literally saved Israel and certainly a large chunk of the known world via an unjustly imprisoned Jewish prophet by a sinner-unbeliever who was king.

Some reading this will immediately interpret (wrong as wrong can be) that their favored president is the man for the job. There are plenty of prophets who are false prophets- and the humility, wisdom and deep faith in listening to one’s own prisoner who was placed there by a totally false accusation of his own wife… hmmmm, I’d say there is a massive, wide difference between these two “kings”.

The United States is not Israel, nor is the State of Israel the Israel of God full stop end of discussion -and until we face the truth about our own self-interest above that of others we may well be enraged, in utter fear or simply in ignorant denial of our true and actual minority status.

Bob Dylan rings in my head at times- “How does it feel…?”

It feels like humility, a long overdue re. the fact that all lives do matter- and as whites in control we’ve not thought, lived nor treated minority people like they equally do.

Repent. Lose. Learn. Grow. Care for others equally as yourself. “Love one another as I have loved you.” Who told us to do that?? He gave His life for those who did not earn it, and that means all of us! All of these tenets are absolutely clear in the Gospel, example and Person of Jesus Christ.

Learning to adapt? Minority people are experts. We white folk have a lot to learn from our sisters and brothers of color.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

2 thoughts on “Minority Status. Yes!

  1. I believe that God’s word applies equally to everyone. We are all offenders in the light it’s truth, no? I do not understand the focus on first doing a dermatological exam then finding the applicable “truth” that offers the appropriate condemnation. Even a blind person can discern this. Are the only ones in need of salvation those that don’t hate those with the least pigment?

    I want to believe we are on the same path – to teach humility to God, and like that humility towards others; but, it is difficult to ingest if your words include the need of a special knowledge that cannot be known because of some sort of implied privilege.

    Maybe I’m wrong but is this what some refer to as the “critical race theory” derived from the larger “critical theory”?

    BTW – I’ve been a big fan of your music since I was a young boy. Many of your lyrics had a profound effect on my heart and consequently my life. It’s amazing how a song can speak so far into the future with such depth, emotion, and reality.

  2. Hi, thanks for writing, here is my point by point reply 🙂 -Glenn (GK)

    I believe that God’s word applies equally to everyone.

    GK- Agreed.

    We are all offenders in the light it’s truth, no?

    GK- Agreed.

    I do not understand the focus on first doing a dermatological exam then finding the applicable “truth” that offers the appropriate condemnation.

    GK- Thorough examination, authentic fact-based diagnosis vs. personal assumptions or you may never get the truth about what ails the body (re. dermatology). No exam, no cure… or is it no problem so why bother with this? I suggest appropriate response/solution/curative/restorative/redemptive work is where we each need to go -as much as it pains us.

    Even a blind person can discern this. Are the only ones in need of salvation those that don’t hate those with the least pigment?

    GK- Hate is a strong word and I think too easily tossed around by both left and right these days. “Those with eyes to see” and “ears to hear” is what cures the sort of blindness we’re discussing here.

    I want to believe we are on the same path – to teach humility to God, and like that humility towards others; but, it is difficult to ingest if your words include the need of a special knowledge that cannot be known because of some sort of implied privilege.

    GK- If you are white you are like myself, privileged, and likely have a very difficult time facing that reality vs. that of people of color and other minorities. As I’ve often stated, if you pretty well like your life and don’t deal with what the poor and minority folks deal with daily and near-daily it’s a tough learning experience to be sure. Desperately needed for equality, but no less a cross.

    Maybe I’m wrong but is this what some refer to as the “critical race theory” derived from the larger “critical theory”?

    GK- History can be studied and between God’s Word (The Bible), human history (I mean world, beyond the U.S. but also including that) along with personal experience, deep listening to folks with whom you may deeply disagree all conspire to bring wisdom. This goes beyond and outside of -any- mere critical theory. I began with Scripture and prior to that history very young -not so young anymore 🙂 But the “exits” wherever we may find them are not helping meet Mt. 25, Micah 6.8 and a ream of verses that speak from both Testaments regarding our attitudes and actions in serving the poor, widow, orphan and foreigner among us.

    BTW – I’ve been a big fan of your music since I was a young boy. Many of your lyrics had a profound effect on my heart and consequently my life. It’s amazing how a song can speak so far into the future with such depth, emotion, and reality.

    GK- I thank you and Alleluia, God’s grace!! Thanks for the response! -Glenn

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