What is liberation?—Plaza de Mayo

What is liberation?—Plaza de Mayo


(GENTLE MUSIC) HEY, IT’S RASOOL BERRY,
AND I’M HERE AT THE PLAZA DE MAYO,
THE BIRTHPLACE OF ARGENTINA, THINKING ABOUT
WHAT IS LIBERATION? OVER 200 YEARS AGO, ARGENTINA
DECLARED ITS LIBERATION FROM SPAIN RIGHT HERE
IN THIS SAME SQUARE, SO IT SHOULD BE OF NO SURPRISE THAT THAT THEME IN
THE BIBLE IS SOMETHING THAT HAS RESONATED VERY
MUCH WITH ARGENTINES. YET TODAY, WE TEND
TO FIND TO FIND THAT PEOPLE SPLIT UP
THESE IDEAS OF LIBERATION INTO ONE OF TWO CAMPS. ON THE
ONE SIDE, YOU HAVE WHAT SOME HAVE CALLED THE
CHURCH OF THE GHOST. THIS SIDE ONLY
FOCUSES ON THE SPIRIT. ON THE OTHER SIDE, YOU HAVE
WHAT SOME HAVE CALLED THE CHURCH OF THE CORPSES. THIS SIDE ONLY
FOCUSES ON THE BODY, ONLY FOCUSES ON POLITICAL
OR ECONOMIC CHANGE, BUT THERE’S THIS ARGENTINE
CONCEPT KNOWN AS SOLIDARITY THAT REALLY, IN A VERY
BIBLICAL WAY, COMBINES BOTH, AND WE CAN SEE IT IN
MATHEW 4:23, WHERE IT READS, “JESUS WENT THROUGHOUT
ALL THE TOWNS “AND VILLAGES OF GALILEE, “TEACHING AND PROCLAIMING
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, “HEALING OF EVERY DISEASE
AND EVERY AFFLICTION. “SO MUCH SO THAT HIS FAME SPREAD AND PEOPLE BEGAN TO BRING “THE SICK AND
THE OPPRESSED TO HIM”. DID YOU CATCH THAT? JESUS BOTH PROCLAIMED THE
MESSAGE THAT SPOKE TO THE SOUL AND THAT HELPED
PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD, AS WELL AS A MESSAGE THAT SPOKE TO THE NEEDS OF THE OPPRESSED. (UPBEAT MUSIC) IN 1951, FROM THAT BALCONY
RIGHT THERE, EVITA PERÓN INSPIRED A NATION
BY ADVOCATING FOR THE POOR, BY ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN FIGHTING
FOR THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE, AS WELL AS THE
MARGINALIZED IN SOCIETY. SHE WAS CALLED THE SPIRITUAL
LEADER OF THE NATION. PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE BODY AND THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE SPIRIT. WE HAVE TO OFTEN ASK
OURSELVES THAT QUESTION. WHERE DO I NEED TO
LEAN INTO IN ORDER TO FULLY REPRESENT THE
LIBERATION THAT JESUS IS ABOUT? WHEN WE ASK THAT QUESTION AND MAKE THOSE COURSE
CORRECTIONS WITHIN OURSELVES, WE PREACH A GOSPEL THAT
IS TRULY LIBERATING. (UPBEAT MUSIC)

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