Today marks the observance of #BlackWomensEqualPayDay
— the date in 2019 that Black women on average had to work through to match what white men on average earned in 2018. This means it takes the typical Black woman 19 months to be paid what the average white man takes home in 12 months. “Black women have always been expected to work and have had the highest labor force participation among all women for years. This work expectation is deeply rooted in longstanding racial and gender biases that have been present since the nation’s founding—extending back to the nation’s dehumanizing history of slavery and continuing into the post-slavery era, 20th-century workforce expansions, and the present day. Historically, Black women’s work was tied, in part, to their less-privileged status in comparison with white women, who were elevated within the societal hierarchy and expected to represent a paternalistic feminine ideal focused exclusively on the home. From the 19th century, and well into the 20th century, Black women worked but were frequently relegated to the lowest-paying jobs. Legal restrictions were used to exclude all women—regardless of their race or ethnicity—from many high-paying jobs reserved exclusively for men. Although these outdated views were rejected over time, Black women still face the potent remnants of this historical narrative that devalued their status as women and as workers. As a result, Black women’s greater labor force participation has not always translated into higher wages. It has also not quelled negative stereotypes about Black women’s attitudes and work ethic that assume that Black women do not work hard, resist hard work, must be pushed to perform well, and should be satisfied with any job rather than deserving of the best job." - Joceyln Frye
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Throwback Thursday to our meeting that took place on December 19, 2015!
“THE FIRST HOPE”
“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
After mankind has disobeyed God and has broken unity with its maker. There come pronouncements of judgment from God to man. These Judgments begin with the serpent that enticed and deceived them to rebel against God, then Adam and finally to the woman.
The pronouncement of judgment against the serpent end with this idea that redemption will come.
And the source of the evil and rebellion will be crushed.
This is what has been called by theologians as the “Protoevangelium” meaning the first gospel. Basically this is the first message of hope and redemption
So now in this fallen state where harmony has been ruptured and friendship with God compromised God as the judge pronounces judgments but also declares a verdict to the serpent that brings a promise to mankind. A promise to undo and destroy sin and the evil that comes from it. From here on the human race will look out and forward to the fulfillment of this prophetic message uttered by God. And so time will pass, man will know the consequences of their deeds, evil will arise and overcome humanity. Wickedness will about and when there seems to be no hope, there are the words of God still ringing in the minds of few that a redemption will come this relationship between God and his creation will one day be restored. We have the privilege of looking forward from here but imagine living in a world where all you could do is wait for the time of the completion of these words.
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initiate verb | ini·ti·ate | i-ˈni-shē-ˌāt: to cause or facilitate the beginning of a process or action.
Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying? Jesus said to them, “Come and you will see.” John 1:38-39
The first chapter of John unfolds the f i r s t words of Jesus (recorded in this Gospel) and the f i r s t call of disciples.
In the spirit of “firsts,” note that it was Jesus who framed the f i r s t question.
It was Jesus who heard the footsteps and broke their silence.
It was Jesus who drove the discussion and committed to the conversation.
It was Jesus who saw into their hearts and gave a voice to their curiosity and conviction.
It was Jesus who engaged the bashful followers for freedom’s sake.
It was Jesus who patiently emboldened those first motions of grace.
It was Jesus who two sentences later, issued an invitation for them to join him (and without hesitation). Jesus is our initiator. We commune because he called. We know grace because he gave grace. We love because he f i r s t loved us. (1 John 4:19)
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us and may we keep our eyes on Jesus, the INITIATOR and perfecter our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
SWIPE to dive deeper! 👉🏻
New column up with my thoughts on the Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson controversies. Link in bio.