“White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective,” wrote a tumblr user in February of 2014. The post, which went viral, highlights the point that sin is not just personal but also structural.
Structural sin is sustained by our ignorance of it.
Luke seems to mislead us in his description of the dinner exchange we will read in this Sunday's Gospel lesson. He tells us, "When [Jesus] noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable," but the words that follow aren't really parabolic. They're just good advice.
I began hearing the question in seminary. It became louder as I started writing. “Who will be the next Reinhold Niebuhr?” In 1948, Niebuhr was on the cover of Time Magazine. He commented on politics, and since his death in 1971, his voice has been missing from popular discourse.