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“Be the Shift”

Scripture: Mark 10: 46-52
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
October 24, 2021

“And it can be hard to see Jesus differently, more honestly, more accurately–as the brown-bodied man that He was, when you’re not ready to let go of all the things the white Jesus has given you-after all abusive relationships have staying power–the familiar is a powerful enticement when you are not sure where you fit if Jesus turns out not to be who you think He is. Can you feel the jolt, the abrupt turn, the quaking, the trembling in that seismic shift? Jesus isn’t white. Jesus isn’t American. Jesus isn’t a capitalist. Jesus isn’t a Democrat or a Republican. Here’s the one that might hurt the most. Jesus isn’t a Christian.”

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