From Brian Bantum’s The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World: “When God created us, God created us to be like God. God wanted us to love and to be loved. But when you love someone you have to choose them. You have to choose them in the big things and in the small things. To love someone you have to see how they are like you and how they are not like you, and you have to see how their differences are gifts, ways of helping you to see yourself and God and the world in new ways. We were made like fountains that are always being filled by a stream of living water and pouring out into the other fountains around us. We are always being filled and we are always pouring out. That’s what it means to be made in God’s image. God puts us in the garden with one another, with creatures, and with two trees—the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Our lives are made whole in these differences. Difference is the opportunity to choose one another and to choose God. If we each desire something different, our morning ritual requires recognition of another, and in that seeing we must put our needs or desires into conversation with the other. In that small decision we must choose the other.”


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