The Confederates didn’t stop fighting after the Civil War. The next chapter of southern history played out not just in the use of violence by ex-Confederates, but on an ideological battlefield that still exists today.
What if instead of helping us ultimately escape the world, Christianity can be a religion that helps us more fully embrace the world? What if Christianity could be a call for radical solidarity with the oppressed? What if God isn’t on the side of the powerful, but God is on the side of the poor and the downtrodden?
In the late 19th & early 20th centuries, deep underground in the mountains of West Virginia laid vast deposits of coal. The coal barons lived in luxury. Just like the plantation owners in the old South, they got rich off the back-breaking of working people. The mineworkers, on the other hand, had a very different existence.