“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet.”Matt. 5:13 (CEB)
It’s a theological question for the ages: What does it mean to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world?
For many, this passage from the early verses of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) has been read as a call to evangelism…to convert people to an intellectual assent to a belief system focused on Jesus as the existential purveyor of eternal fire insurance.
But what if we deconstructed that belief? What if we saw Jesus’ opening salvo in what has often been termed his “Kingdom Manifesto” not as a call to proselytize the heathens, but to redeem the church?
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our 2023 theme of Deconstructing Liturgy by peeling back the layers of this often-misunderstood passage to reveal a deeper call to justice, liberation, and the thriving of human dignity.
We’ll also kick off our celebration of Black History Month by considering how Christians have for centuries misused the biblical themes of light and darkness to discriminate against humans with dark skin, and how it may be time for the salt that has lost its saltiness to be trampled under our collective feet.
Please join us this Sunday, Feb. 5, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub powered by Zoom for a stimulating conversation on what Jesus may have actually meant by calling his disciples to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and our prophetic task as a liberationist community to break the holds of systemic racism and other types of discrimination that have for too long been rooted in what pastor, author, and organizer José Humphreys calls the “colonial project” of American Christianity.
Click here to view this week’s discussion video “Unconscious Enmeshment” with José Humphreys
6:00pm EDT: Happy Half-Hour (informal meet & greet time)
6:30pm EDT: Presentation & conversation begin
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