The Gospel and Black Power: thoughts on and from James H. Cone's Black Theology and Black Power: "The Gospel of Jesus, Black People, & Black Power"

The Gospel and Black Power: thoughts on and from James H. Cone's Black Theology and Black Power: "The Gospel of Jesus, Black People, & Black Power"

The 4th post in the series on the writings of James Cone. Here I reflect on Cone's response to questions such as what is the gospel of Jesus Christ, what is the righteousness/justice of God, and whether Christian love is compatible with Black Power.

Therefore violence may be the only way to express Christian love to the white oppressor, as it is the only way to confront the white oppressor as a thou, to remain a thou in the face of the threat of nonbeing, to remain true to the worth, value, and humanity that God has bestowed through the initiating agape love, the only way to embody love as righting the wrongs of humanity because they are inconsistent with God’s purpose.

 

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Lessons Learnt and Unlearnt

Lessons Learnt and Unlearnt

The process of unlearning and learning needs to continue, by the grace of God, for the kingdom of God. Because it is when this process stops that the church begins to grow insular, that the church begins to exclude, that the church begins to fade – the kingdom of God is a topsy-turvy kingdom of reversals – a sacred anarchy (Caputo) which defies the usual logic of worldly lessons – where we have to unlearn that the first are first, because the first will be last and the last will be first. Where we have to unlearn retribution and reparation, because we must forgive 70x7 – we have to unlearn reciprocity – for we must extend our hospitality to those who could never repay it. We have to unlearn retaliation because we must turn the other cheek, we must unlearn tribal boundaries because there are no longer male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile. In the Kingdom of God we must unlearn status because to be great is to serve, we must unlearn prejudice because welcome are the tax collectors and prostitutes, we must unlearn power, because we follow Christ crucified, we must unlearn the fear of death because Christ is risen, and we must unlearn hate, because God is love.

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