Jesus was Tribal
Going out of town for a couple of days to attend my first Wesleyan Native American Board Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota. So -- I won't be posting for the rest of the week. Native American Ministry is really difficult, thanks to the mistakes of our white forefathers. I believe our Native American friends would love Jesus a lot, if they saw him as he is, rather than dressed up as a clench-fisted redneck. The historical Jesus was a lot more Native than White European: 1. He was tribal. 2. He told stories. 3. He lived close nature. 4. He understood fishing and harvesting. 5. He was from an oppressed people group. But thus far, the outreach efforts have failed miserably, because we are judged by what we do rather than what we say. It's easier to make a toxic mess than to clean one up. In all relationships, you make a toxic mess by dishonesty, manipulation and demanding control. You clean up a toxic mess by understanding, trust, perseverance, and love.