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  1. Waiting to Make the First Move… | Creator Magazine

    […] In today’s article Randall Bradley brings you the 4th installment in his Desegregating Church series — this time the topic is economic segregation. He has some strong words: […]

  2. Glenn
    Glenn December 2, 2013 at 11:04 am |

    We all seem to connect with the love story of the lass from the low country and the lord from the high country as they break social code and marry anyway. The journey to togetherness is what captivates me. They must willingly rebel against the establishment whose sole interest, it seems, is to remain untainted by the poor.
    Of necessity, their tactics must be clandestine.
    What powerful forces these socioeconomic blue-bloods can be.

    Rarely chosen is the one factor that can bring God’s reborn together. Instead, we look to music style, landscaping and material goods. This reminds us that we the church remain much more influenced by this world than we care to admit.

    “My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t treat some people better than others…” James 2:1 The Christian church throughout the Roman Empire read these and many other strong words from the Apostle James. Every generation that has followed seems to stumble here at the temple of prosperity and snobbery.
    What powerful forces “Christian” blue-bloods can be. Few people, even believers, survive prosperity well.

    Our countries economic evolution continues down a path of greater distinction between the haves and have-not’s.
    Yet strong signs are abounding as some churches continue making ways to collaboration of both rich and poor. It will come down, as all things do, to leadership and money. Each church leader and denomination must repair disconnects that exist because their personal life has little interest in socializing with the less-fortunate. If the leaders of our churches do not exemplify the teachings of the Savior, the followers seem to settle for the same apathy an cliquishness.

    The new Pope is making new enemies and friends along these lines as the old guard resists and the media has this temporary love affair with his attempt at caring for the poor in more than a mere painless offering. (Luke 21:1-4)

    The Apostle Paul knew how to abase and abound–to live with little and a lot. This ability in the heart of leadership is the critical necessity. Without which, we continue to make baby-step progress and the heart of Christianity migrates further from its leader who had no place to lay his head.

    If the church and its leaders continue to fail here, the government will continue to attempt to do our job for us and the poor are doubly so.

    Thanks Randall for heightening our awareness.

    Glenn Harrell