Truce is a history podcast about the Christian Church, from pyramid schemes to political campaigns. Is the US a Christian nation? Why do some Christians like Donald Trump? Season three explores how the rise of communism and socialism in Russia changed the American Christian Church. Podcast Magazine says Truce is, "reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell". Truce is hosted by Chris Staron, writer/ director of the films "Bringing up Bobby" and "Between the Walls", and author of "Cradle Robber".
Jemar Tisby and How to Fight Racism
Do systems really keep minorities down? Even asking the questions sound socialistic to some. But we need to go through our society to root out systems that breed inequality. But how? Sometimes discussions of racism can make us feel helplessly lost.
That's why I called in an expert.
Jemar Tisby is a Christian speaker, author of “The Color of Compromise” and “How to Fight Racism”. He's also an important voice in modern America. Even if you don't agree with everything he writes in his books, it's important to hear what he's saying here. What are the systems that separate black and white people? How can we learn to grieve as a people, as a local church, and as a community?
How can you organize an event at your church (online) to discuss the history of racism in your church, community, schools, and hearts?
Have you ever stopped to do a racial autobiography? (my questions, not Jemar's)
When was the first time you met someone of a different race?
What did your parents teach you, consciously or unconsciously, about race?
Have you ever used a racial slur? Why? How did you feel about it then? How do you feel about it now? What is the power of those words?
Have you ever been afraid of someone from another race? Why? When?
Do you regularly come in contact with people of a different race?
How do you feel when you see a police officer? Why might someone else have a different reaction? How did you come to feel that way?
Are there distinct, racially divided neighborhoods in your area? How did they get there? Do you ever go to a different neighborhood? Why or why not?
Are discussions of race inherently socialistic?
Are discussions of class inherently socialistic?
Takeaway 5: It's Easier to Call People to a Heritage Than A Saving Faith
Some of the most common feedback I heard about season 3 of Truce is that I didn't give the Christian America camp enough time to back their opinion. In this mini-episode, I discuss my reason for leaving people like David Barton of Wall Builders off of the show.
I also play a short clip from Gregg L. Frazer who was on our Christian America episodes. His book is "The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders".
Takeaway 4: Complexity is Cool
At the 2019 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Los Angeles, I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Richard Land. Dr. Land is a man of the company line who mixes Republican thought with Christianity. At this interview, Dr. Land said (off mic) that the reason this generation struggles so much is that we are unwilling to see the issues of our time as black and white. Good vs. Evil.
I disagree. I think the opportunity our generation has is that we can finally think of this complex world as complex.
This mini-episode is just one of several meant to help sum up season 3 of Truce.
Takeaway 3: Treat Labor Well
A few months ago I produced two episodes about the Christian roots of American labor unions. And... a bunch of people stopped listening to the show. It turns out that many American Christians are conservative and, therefore, anti-union.
This mini-episode is the counterbalance to that series. Here we discuss the inefficient practices at General Motors in the 1980s. It was an era where GM slipped from holding over 40% of the market share to 17%. What happened? It's a story of unions, gasoline, and the reasons we treat labor well.
“Rude Awakening: The Rise Fall and Struggle for Recovery of General Motors” by Maryann Keller
"Crash Course" by Paul Ingrassia
Do you have a bias for or against labor unions?
Who do you know who is or was in a union? What is their work ethic?
The labor unions in GM in the 1980s were inefficient. Does that make all labor unions inefficient?
Does specialization in factories help or hurt in the long run?
Do you have a bias for employers or employees?
Do you work as unto Christ in your own job?
What is the Christian way to work? To employ someone?
Takeaway 2: Communism as a Scapegoat (feat. Jemar Tisby)
Season three of Truce has been all about how the rise of communism in Russia impacted the Christian Church. As we approach the end of the season, I want to highlight some of the important takeaways.
One of them is that communism can be used as a scapegoat. That is used by some people to get the public to hate or disregard something they don't like. That could be the COVID crisis or Black Lives Matter.
Our guest today is Jemar Tisby. He's the author of the New York Times Bestseller "The Color of Compromise" and "How to Fight Racism". He's also a frequent voice on the Pass The Mic Podcast. You can access his Substack email list here.
Article about the Wyoming Health Department official who resigned due to his denial of COVID 19.
Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past
MAGA folks look back on the history of the United States and see a golden era: the 1950s. When religion was in the public eye, television and movies were clean, and father came home from work with dinner hot on the table. The trouble is that this vision of the 1950s only existed in our imaginations or if we chose to ignore the world around us. The 1950s were an era of great upheaval, with public monuments to religion being erected at the same time as heavy censorship, McCarthyism, wars, racism, and sexism.
For the next few weeks we'll be revisiting themes from season three of Truce to pull out some important takeaway. Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past.
The trailer for Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
Chris' interview with director Rich Christiano
What do you think of when you think of the 1950s?
When is it okay to remember just part of history, and when do we need to consider the whole picture?
What era do people who wear MAGA hats want to return to? In other words, when was America greater than it is now?
When you think of your own childhood, what comes to mind?
Do world or social issues play into that?
How is nostalgia a helpful tool?
How can nostalgia shape our memory of the past?
Is there an era you wish to return to?
What can we do to create a fuller picture of the past when we retell it?