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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christian love in action

We should not romanticize or idealize any church. That includes the New Testament church of 2000 years ago, and, as I keep reminding myself, it includes the African-American churches. Sin worms its insidious way into every human heart and every human community.

And yet. I met a young white woman the other day who lives, by choice, in Harlem and attends a black church. She says that her (white) mother taught her that the African-American churches live closer to the heart of Christianity than any of the white churches. After reading about "Mother Emanuel" in Charleston, and after reading this story today (link below), I can't disagree.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/us/black-south-carolina-trooper-explains-why-he-embraced-a-white-supremacist.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news