November 9, 2021

Episode 11 – “White Awake” with Daniel Hill

Blind spots are something we all deal with, but it's our response to them that matters. We can choose to move on and ignore, which is an option only for the privileged, or we can choose to acknowledge our blind spots and take action. Daniel Hill shares his journey from apathy to action for justice for all.
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Show Notes


Guest Bio:

Daniel Hill is the founding and senior pastor of River City Community Church located in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The church members long to see increased spiritual renewal as well as social and economic justice in the neighborhood and city, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the kingdom of God. Daniel has a business degree from Purdue University, a master of arts in theology, and a doctor of ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of White Awake and White Lies. Daniel is married to Elizabeth, and they are the proud parents of Xander and Gabriella.


Summary of EPISODE:

We all have blind spots in our lives—areas in our beliefs, values, or assumptions in which we lack understanding or impartiality—and many of these blind spots can cause serious damage to us and others. On this episode of Where Ya From?, Pastor Daniel Hill shares about some blind spots in his life related to issues of race and justice, and the confrontations with others that began Daniel’s journey of becoming what he calls “White Awake.”


Notes and Quotes:

  • “When I learned about race outside of the church, I realized that without Jesus there’s no way to have these conversations.”
  • “I would say the ideology of white supremacy is one of the greatest threats to the soul of our country and most White Christians have no idea how to think about that biblically.”
  • “Race is a centuries-old, sinful, diabolical dark history that’s here, and I need to stop trying to save everything and I need to go on a pretty serious journey of learning now.”
  • “Reverend Julian DeShazier says, ‘Privilege is simply the ability to walk away.’”
  • “So when I’m talking about this to Christians, I say if there’s one word you’d associate with the word race it should be the word evil.”
  • “The two greatest sins of our Western world . . . the two greatest sins we ever committed was the minimum displacement, some would call genocide of Native people. Then the system of slavery. The system of Transatlantic slavery . . .”
  • “God says human value is tied to our image in likeness of God. Race says that your value is not tied to the imago Dei, it’s tied to where you fall on the racial hierarchy.”
  • “Race is a principality or a stronghold that gets into hearts and minds in terms of who’s valuable and who’s not.”
  • “So it’s the accidental forms of racism—the unnamed forms that actually become more dangerous in a lot of ways.”
  • “Satan’s native tongue is that of lies . . . so anywhere there’s an individual lie, there’s something demonic about that.”
  • “But unfortunately, many of us have been brought up in a system that doesn’t just ignore the past, it actually retells the story of the past.”
  • “Ray Balky says, ‘If you read the Bible with a middle-class lens, you’ll always get a middle-class application.’”
  • Repentance is a word that Christians love in every arena except for race.”


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Verses Mentioned in Show:

  • Colossians 1
  • Imago Dei (Genesis 1 and 2)
  • John 14:6 and John 8:44 – Jesus is Truth and Satan is the Father of lies

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