how Jesus made a liberation theologian out of me

Marx led me to the people, and in the people, I found Jesus. — Paulo Freire, paraphrased

*** Note: this post is my response to a discussion in my Theology of the City class, in which I was asked to reply from a Biblical perspective to the particular issue of the immigration crisis, specifically that of young children approaching our borders and being turned away. The title of the original post is “Salvation for all, Read the rest

[the things that i barely have]

i’ve been thinking lately about a widow and two copper coins (see Luke 21:1-4).

Jesus said that out of her poverty, she gave everything she had. 

and in that, i am realizing the depth of my own poverty. perhaps not in finances necessarily (especially as i compare myself to the resources—or lack of—that i see here in Liberia.)

but of time and energy these days, i have little. i am lacking. i am poor.Read the rest

today, i looked into the eyes of a sick, homeless, and hungry man who was literally sleeping on a piece of cardboard on the ground. tonight, he’ll eat a meal, be given a bath, and sleep on a mattress with a blanket and pillow.

my heart has been simply ripped apart, and yet it’s also so very full. 
for Jesus is truly in this place. i have seen. yes, He is here.… Read the rest

If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit we just don’t want to do it.

Stephen Colbert… Read the rest

For the past few months, God has been showing me more and more of His heart for the plight of the needy. The fatherless. The widow. The poor and oppressed. The abused. The hungry. The sick. The disabled. The insecure and lonely. The ashamed. The broken. Abba grieves over them. And He wants our hearts to grieve for them, too. Over and over again in His Word, I see His love for the needy: Exodus Read the rest

ifast

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Recently, I was introduced to the ifast58 movement: people from all over “dedicating one day each week to pray and fast for the poor, the hungry and the oppressed around the world as well as those who serve them” while memorizing Isaiah 58 at the same time (ifast58.org).

When I first heard about this, my heart literally leaped inside of me from excitement and awe. See, for a while now, God has been laying Is. … Read the rest