If you want to fight the good fight, it’s gonna be hard.
It’s much easier to go along with the way that things already are.
But as MLK Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Inequality and injustice is everywhere you go and every which way you turn.
From the Confederate flags flying in the shop I went to today in Florida to the students at my university in Minnesota who don’t go to chapel when Pastor Laurel preaches because they believe women shouldn’t be pastors.
From patriarchy and male dominance to white supremacy.
When white people don’t recognize their privilege, that’s a problem.
When white people don’t think they have a culture, that’s a problem.
It’s called tacit ethnocentrism, the assumption that one’s life is not cultural, but “normal”.
When a pastor told a friend he was going to hell because he’s gay, that’s a problem.
There are certain things that mostly everyone recognizes as wrong, and will claim to be against. Racism and sexism, to name two. No one wants to be called racist or sexist. But tell a white person that they are privileged, and all the defense mechanisms come flying up. Tell a male he is privileged and the same will likely happen. This is not true in all cases, but most people do not readily admit to being privileged. It’s like they’re admitting to a crime they’ve committed, when really, it’s a crime of our society.
Until everyone believes in equality for everyone regardless of race, gender, or class (which is actually a definition of feminism), then I believe we have the responsibility to keep fighting the good fight. The ironic thing is, this doesn’t actually look like fighting. Getting in heated debates with friends and family is not the point. Telling everyone that they’re wrong and you’re right, and telling them how they should think – this will not help.
It’s through sharing the truth in love, as The Bible calls us to do. Only through loving others will the truth come out in a way that anyone will actually listen to what we’re saying.
“One needn’t identify as a feminist to participate in the redemptive movement of God for women in the world, The gospel is more than enough. Of course it is! But as long as I know how important maternal health is to Haiti’s future, and as long as I know that women are being abused and raped, as long as I know girls are being denied life itself through selective abortion, abandonment, and abuse, as long as brave little girls in Afghanistan are attacked with acid for the crime of going to school, and until being a Christian is synonymous with doing something about these things, you can also call me a feminist.”
― Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
I end with the following from Isaiah 58:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”