My friend, Dennis Sanders has written three blog posts that everyone should read. Dennis is an African-American pastor. He is also gay and married to a white man. Now that I have identified him in such a way, some of you will unfortunately read no further; and while others of you will now want to read what he has to say, you will likely stop reading once it becomes apparent that he doesn't simply regurgitate progressive talking points. That too is unfortunate.
So much of our discussion of issues unfortunately falls into a nice and neat binary either/or, yes/no polarization-- white privilege? Yes!, No! loving the sinner but hating sin? Yes!, No! But Dennis rightly understands that reality is often more complex than our simple polarizations will allow. You may not agree with Dennis on everything he writes in these three posts, but you will ignore what he has to say only if you believe you have nothing to learn.
Here are the links:
"More Thoughts on 'Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner'"
"Yet More Thoughts on 'Hate the Sin…'"
"It's Been a Privilege"
There's no need to comment here, but feel free to engage Dennis in discussion on his blog.
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