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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 15, 2020 at 12:13 am
Reading Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited and Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne was a stark reminder that it is possible to read the same text and hear two very different stories. In Jesus and John Wayne, Jesus and his story are read and interpreted through the lens of white supremacy, toxic masculinity, militarism, and an obsession with power over others. In Jesus and the Disinherited, we meet a Jesus shaped by a lived experience of oppression, dispossession, and apparent powerlessness. Jesus and his Jewish followers are understood in their proper historical context under Roman occupation, experiencing violence. Du Mez writes about an evangelical movement that has decontextualized Jesus and his followers. Sadly, much of the white, evangelical church today continues to center the voices of those who hold positions of power and ignore the voices of those on the margins – the very voices that are centered in the Scriptures. The socioeconomic and socio-historical place we occupy when we read the Scriptures makes all of the difference in how we understand their meaning.