Sojourners founder and president Jim Wallis says white Christians who worship the idol of white supremacy are separated from God.
Christian activist Jim Wallis has said he is grateful that Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than a civil rights leader. King was also a minister who “spoke in the language of sin and repentance,” the kind of language that must be used to talk about racism today, according to Wallis.
“Until we talk about racism in that language, I don’t think we’re gonna get to all of the things we have to change and fix, like the criminal justice system, our policing system, education, the economy, all the rest,” Wallis said to a small, mostly-white crowd at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City Tuesday night.
The gathering, organized by Union Theological Seminary and Demos and featuring a panel discussion on racism, was the first of many Wallis will be holding at notable churches in cities that have been the focus of headlines amid the Black Lives Matter movement. The discussions are based on Wallis’s new book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, which he described as a “roadmap” or “path of repentance.”
The language of “sin” and “repentance” is necessary particularly for white Christians because of slavery and its legacy, he argued.
White Christians, said Wallis, chose to mark their enslaved blacks as non-humans as a means of reconciling “their faith with what they had to do with these slaves to make a profit.”
Today, white Christians remain “blinded and their hearts are bound by” the sin of white supremacy, the ideology that positions whiteness as the norm, the Sojourners founder and president argued. Continue