Michael Malcom is a pastor and executive director at Alabama Interfaith Power and Light. Today, Michael shares his calling and work in social justice issues. We have a frank conversation about race, how we are all conditioned to see things differently through our experiences, and how we can learn to listen. Michael’s stories will encourage you to reconsider your beliefs about police violence and environmental injustice in the United States, particularly the Southeast. I left this conversation feeling more strongly than ever that it’s time to take the politics out and embrace others with the love of Jesus.
Please give Michael’s story a listen now!
Stories Michael shared:
- How he came to the Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and the work they do
- His calling as a pastor and being the first formally trained pastor in his family
- How going to school shaped his view of God
- The difference between “deliberative” theology and “embedded” theology
- Preaching his first sermon at 8 and eventually running from God
- How God began to get hold in his life
- Deciding to let seminary challenge his ideas on the first day
- His grieving about police violence in the United States
- The difference in perspectives about the police in his community
- Racism and why some can’t see it
- Environmental issues in Alabama and the Southeast
Great quotes from Michael:
Perhaps I needed to start looking at this individual relationship and me getting to know God myself verses what people have given me.
No one can tell me God is a gentleman. No, no, no. God is inconvenient.
If we’re dismissive of other people, we’ll miss God.
Resources Michael mentioned: