PENTECOST is Freedom. It's all about having the ability to act or change without constraint or to possess the power and resources to fulfill one's purposes. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom. Liberation Theology is key to focusing on the liberation of the oppressed.
Understanding the Times
It's About Freedom
Pentecost is the day when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit on the gathered disciples after the resurrection of Jesus marking the beginning of the Christian church. This past June we celebrated not only the beginning of the Season of Pentecost but also Juneteenth. Now a federal holiday, this is the day we remember the coming of federal troops with the word that the Civil War and Chattel Slavery was over almost two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Pride, Pentecost and Juneteenth may seem like strange bedfellows, but they have more in common than meets the eye.
Each are disruptive—upsetting the status quo and the expectations that people had come to have about the way the world worked. The Spirit caused an outpouring of praise in numerous languages and broke down the barriers that separated people—barriers of race, national origin, language, and faith.
Pride, too, is disruptive; it breaks down the walls that some people seek to erect to mark who is in and who is out. Pride says that everyone, without exception, is made in the image of God and belongs in the circle of love and grace.
Juneteenth is so disruptive that its not clear how those with vested interest in the status quo will deal with the contradictions the day presents. The one thing that is clear is where the spirit of the Lord is there is FREEDOM!
This Church's theological foundation is grounded in Liberation. Specifically, as carry out the Great Commission we are compelled to liberate people from the multiple forms of political, social, economic, and religious subjugation that contradicts the biblical mandates and the abundant life promised through Jesus Christ.
Velvet Spirit by Jamaican visual artist Bernard Hoyes