The Christian Church, despite all its good work over the centuries, is responsible for some seriously negative things. Think of the Crusades, the Inquisition, witch trials, supporting wars of empire, the treatment of LGBTQ people, indigenous peoples, immigrants, people of color, women, Jews, Muslims and Earth itself. In their new book, FORGIVE US: Confessions of a Compromised Faith, four authors, call on The Church to repent and ask forgiveness for these sins. Mae Elise Cannon (World Vision), Lisa Sharon Harper (Sojourners), Troy Jackson (The Amos Project and Ohio Prophetic Voices), and Soon-Chan Rah (North Park Theological Seminary). Have together written both historical analyses and theological reflection on some of the Church’s most damaging errors and issue a call for The Church, as a whole, to repent.
In today’s episode, I talk with Lisa Sharon Harper, who I got to know several years ago while she directed New York Faith & Justice. For the last three years, she’s been the Mobilizing Director at Sojourners, in Washington, DC.
The book will, I think, become a valuable tool for Christians who want to move The Church into a more justice-serving role in our culture. It covers a lot
of ground and is very well researched and written. (LDT011)
Here are some useful links
The book of Nehemian (NRSV)