God Help Us – Privileged Grief
That, to me, was so redeeming – this picture of my kids just loving Paula and going, that’s how God sees her too.
Jonathan Williams, lead pastor of Forefront Church in Brooklyn, New York, and author of She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption joins Annie to talk about what it was like to have close loved ones come out to them while they were still deeply entrenched in their evangelicalism.
They decide that their lack of grace and understanding was not only a function of their privilege, but very tied to their inability to grasp God’s grace for them. And they also see this playing out politically in the US, in particular in white supremacist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. Both conflicts stem from a mindset that says, who do you think you are? You better get in line and start doing things the way I want you to do them.
Jonathan and Annie believe we’re only able to extend grace to others insofar as we’re willing to receive it. Have a listen and see what you think.
For more from Jonathan, watch his TEDTalk with his dad, Paula Stone Williams, read his book, She’s My Dad, visit his website at jonathanswilliams.com and check out his church at forefrontnyc.com. Another resource Jonathan recommends is churchclarity.org and Annie recommends the book SoulTypes: Matching Your Personality and Spiritual Path.
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Thanks for listening! Until next time, God help us.