We Have The Right To Grieve
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We Have The Right To Grieve

This election symbolizes a new reality for marginalized groups in America.

We Have The Right To Grieve

We, as minority people, have the right to grieve.

For starters, the most qualified woman to run for the presidency has lost to the most unqualified man to run for the presidency. The glass ceiling remains.

We are not grieving because we fear Trump, we are grieving because of his populist effect on the people that WE have to stand up against every day of our lives.

It is simply a fact that Trump succeeded in resurrecting white, male, working-class anger in the United States. During his campaign, when he spoke of his racist and sexist ideologies his supporters worshiped at his feet.

These ideologies don’t affect straight white men like they affect African Americans, Muslim, Latino, and every other marginalized group of people.

People don’t understand what we went through emotionally and socially during this campaign. We realized that our friends, teachers, and classmates don’t respect our existence as people. We realized that “locker room talk” is completely permissible. We realized men still don’t like the idea of a woman in charge. We realized that political correctness and social progress isn’t what it seemed. Feeling like the community around you and the rest of the country doesn’t care about your identity hurts in ways that some people simply will never understand.

I get it, white privilege is also a social blindness. I can’t be mad at people who speak out of ignorance because that’s all that it is. My white friends and classmates who support Trump want my voice and many others to fade into the background while they bask in their hideous ideologies.

They don’t want to hear us grieve because their hatred and prejudices have now been validated. They know that over half of America has agreed with their horrible thoughts. They want to rejoice in Trump’s success without our voices leaking into their consciousness. They don’t want to know that we are hurting because that would mean acknowledging that they’ve hurt us.

We are grieving because many of us are in places that aren’t safe. Students of color at predominantly white schools are literally staying inside today because they fear acts of violence, racism, or homophobia on their campuses. We were targeted by the rhetoric of the Trump campaign and the people around us, and it puts us in more danger than some (white) people would like to realize.

You know there’s a problem when a multitude of school organizations must reach out to inform students to stay safe or offer them safe places to go on campus. Even professors are cancelling classes because they know of the emotional toll that this new presidency has put on minority students.

Yes, it is that bad.

We grieve because we are hurt and scared. Trump supporters continue the right to spit out their racist, misogynistic homophobic slurs at us , so we have the right to be angry since these ideas may become a part of our new reality.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

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