You ever notice that it is always easier to get involved from a distance? Such the case in the latest from large suburban church here in Grand Rapids MI. It seems that they are holding a conference on how to love their “neighbors” (and they do not it seems mean their neighbors in Grandville, they mean their po’ neighbors) and inviting the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) to lead it. Now I love the CCDA but the ironic thing to me is that CCDA is based on three “R”s: Reconciliation, Redistribution and Relocation. It is the third “R” that I suspect this church will not practice, but hey they could sell their mall and move to the hood, sure some of their SUV’s and beemers might get scratched but it could happen.
I guess I just find it mildly annoying when a church full of yuppies and their offspring decide they are going to change my world. That is after all what we need, 10,000 messiahs in sports utility vehicles descending upon us to rescue us with their master cards and know-how. It will be beautiful, the will come in, inquire what gang every black kid is in, talk with the Latinos about how they sneaked into the country, teach us all how to use a clean wash cloth and then ride off after having fixed everything. They will then go to Atlanta Bread company to debrief and praise the Lord for the miraculous ways in which he used them in our lives. We on the other hand will all slink back to the bus stop so we can catch a ride down to family dollar where we will pawn our food stamps and trade two of our baby’s diapers for a pack of smokes and a lotto ticket.