The Soil Has Everything to do with It

Mark 4:1-9 GNV

1     Again Jesus began to teach beside Lake Galilee. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was out in the water, and the crowd stood on the shore at the water’s edge.

2     He used parables to teach them many things, saying to them:

3     “Listen! Once there was a man who went out to sow grain.

4     As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

5     Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn’t deep.

6     Then, when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up.

7     Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants, and they didn’t bear grain.

8     But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants sprouted, grew, and bore grain: some had thirty grains, others sixty, and others one hundred.”

9     And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!”

I. Hard soil – the seed could not get into (v. 4)

In Alabama, pre-Brown 1954, Black student appropriation was $0.32, while White student appropriation was $15.

Philanthropy Penetration

  • 92% of foundation CEOs are White
  • 89% of boards are White
  • 7-8% of foundation funds goes to people of color

II. Rock soil – you cannot go far in (v. 5)

III. Crowded soil – you don’t get considered in (v. 7)

IV. Good soil – Blacks are excluded (v. 8)

Things that caused the riots

  1. Blacks have been beatdown by policy
  2. Blacks have been beat-up by police

Words that come from polis

  1. Politician
  2. Politics
  3. Policy
  4. Police

“Who are we? We are the descendants of slaves. We are the offspring of noble men and women who were kidnaped from their native land and chained in ships like beasts. We are the heirs of a great and exploited continent known as Africa. We are the heirs of a past of rope, fire and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us.

But we are also Americans. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Excerpt from “Where Do We Go from Here”

5. Polls

Luke 3:5, 10-11, 14 GNV5 Every valley must be filled up, every hill and mountain leveled off. The winding roads must be made straight, and the rough paths made smooth. 10 The people asked him, “What are we to do, then?”  11 He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it.” 14 Some soldiers also asked him, “What about us? What are we to do?” He said to them, “Don’t take money from anyone by force or accuse anyone falsely. Be content with your pay.”

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