Yes, Wakanda is a fictional place and “Black Panther” is “just” a film, but the spiritual imagination that undergirds the movie can be an opportunity for learning, and even a fostering of faith in the idea that we can build a better world, if we are willing.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being remembered today – on this, the national holiday that bears his name – and among his many gifts that I hope to lift up today, that of ‘truth-teller’ is one of the big ones.
In our walk with God, we will fall; we will be embarrassed, but if, as Heschel says, “embarrassment is the beginning of faith,” then perhaps we can and will handle our embarrassments with a feeling of hope and purpose.
The picture of the white Jesus no longer hangs on the wall in the hallway between the bedroom and the bathroom. The pictures of President Kennedy and Dr. King are replaced by a new trinity that reflects my theological position.