On Sunday night Hillsong not only decided to not acknowledge the issues of the day, but to embrace Black Lives Matter as a part of their ethos.
Hillsong Church global senior pastor and founder, Brian Houston supported BLM in a statement, “Hillsong Church is opposed to racism, and we believe black lives matter.”
Brian Houston, Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, shares an empowering message about responding well in the face of pressure. Pastor Brian highlights powerful scriptures and explains three tests we will face when under pressure and how to respond to them. Taya Gaukrodger and the @Hillsong Worship team also lead a powerful time of worship, with songs including “World Outside Your Window” and “What A Beautiful Name.” SERVICE MOMENTS 00:00 – 🎵”World Outside Your Window” by @Hillsong Young & Free 🎵 5:23 – 🎵”What a Beautiful Name” by @Hillsong Worship 🎵 10:46 – Opening Prayer / Welcome 14:27 – A statement from Brian Houston 22:40 – A conversation with on racism with Pastor William Dumas, Senior Pastor of Ganggalah Church. 34:05 – Heart for the House 40:42 – Sermon from Brian Houston (Pressured but not Stressed)
Houston affirmed his support for the African American community in a statement, “The needless and tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the much deeper systemic issues towards African American people that his death has highlighted must lead to radical and permanent change. Racism must stop, and my prayer is that this moment in history will be a moment of lasting equality, transformation, and change.”
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A raised right fist was used as a logo by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 1917. However, it was popularised during the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939, when it was used by the Republican faction as a greeting, and was known as the “Popular Front salute” or the “anti-fascist salute”. The right fist salute subsequently spread among leftists and anti-fascists across Europe.
The graphic symbol was popularised in 1948 by Taller de Gráfica Popular, a print shop in Mexico that used art to advance revolutionary social causes. Its use spread through the United States in the 1960s after artist and activist Frank Cieciorka produced a simplified version for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: this version was subsequently used by Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Power movement.
The raised right fist was frequently used in propaganda posters produced during the May 1968 revolt in France, such as La Lutte continue, depicting a factory chimney topped with a clenched fist.
The symbol has been picked up and incorporated around the world by various oppressed groups. In 2015 it has emerged in the southeast area of Ukraine among the separatists battling the Ukraine Kiev government forces, along with the phrase “¡No Pasarán!”.
The image gallery shows how a raised fist is used in visual communication. Combined with another graphic element, a raised fist is used to convey polysemous gestures and opposing forces. Depending on the elements combined, the meaning of the gesture changes in tone and intention. For example, a hammer and sickle combined with a raised right fist is part of communist symbolism, while the same right fist combined with a Venus symbolrepresents Feminism, and combined with a book, it represents librarians.
A raised right fist icon appears prominently as a feminist symbol on the covers of two major books by Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful, published in 1970, and Sisterhood Is Forever, in 2003. The symbol had been popularised in the feminist movement during the Miss America protest in 1968 which Morgan co-organised.
A raised fist incorporates the outline of the state of Wisconsin, as designed in 2011, for union protests against the state rescinding collective bargaining.
The raised fist logo may represent unity or solidarity, generally with oppressed peoples. The black fist, also known as the Black Power fist is a logo generally associated with black nationalism and sometimes socialism.
Its most widely known usage is by the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. A black fist logo was also adopted by the northern soul music subculture. The left white fist, also known as the Aryan fist or the White Power fist is a logo generally associated with white nationalism.
A right hand white fist holding a red rose is used by the Socialist International and some socialist or social democratic parties, such as the Socialist Party in France and the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party.
Irish Republicans often have the raised fist as a symbol of resistance against British rule.
The Gonzo fist emblem, characterized by two thumbs and four fingers holding a peyote button, was originally used in Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Aspen, Colorado. It has become a symbol of Thompson and gonzo journalism as a whole.
Different movements sometimes use different terms to describe the raised fist salute: amongst communists and socialists, raised right fist is sometimes called the red salute, whereas amongst some African-American activists, especially in the United States it has been called the Black Power salute. During the Spanish Civil War, it was sometimes known as the anti-fascist salute.
The clenched fist gesture is sometimes thought to have originated in the Spanish Civil War, where the Popular Front salute was at one time the standard salute of Republican forces. A letter from the Spanish Civil War stated: “…the raised fist which greets you in Salud is not just a gesture—it means life and liberty being fought for and a greeting of solidarity with the democratic peoples of the world.”
At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, medal winners John Carlos and Tommie Smith gave the raised fist salute during the American national anthem as a sign of black power, and as a protest on behalf of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. They were banned from further Olympic activities by the IOC, as the rules in place prohibited any political statements at the Olympics. The event was one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Tommie Smith stated in his autobiography, “Silent Gesture”, that the salute was not a Black Power salute, but in fact a human rights salute.[dubious ]
The raised right fist is used by officials in Mainland China when being sworn into office.
Psychologist Oliver James has suggested that the appeal of the salute is that it allows the individual to indicate that they “intend to meet malevolent, massive institutional force with force of (their) own“, and that they are bound in struggle with others against common oppression.
Not content with pulling down statues of former Presidents, and attempts to erase history, the left now has a new target… Jesus.
Notorious race baiter and BLM agitator Shaun King, demanded Monday (22/06/20) that all statues, as well as murals and stained glass windows depicting Jesus as a “white European,” should be destroyed because they “are a form of white supremacy.”
Every person, church, corporation or media outlet that’s supporting Black Lives Matter is complicit in acts of terrorism, violence against women, rape and sodomy.
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