Whitney Wilkinson Arreche is a doctor of theology candidate at Duke University, researching decolonial and antiracist theologies. She is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and serves on her denominational General Assembly Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations and on the leadership team of Liberating Church – a project drawing wisdom from the antebellum hush harbors to shape the imagination and praxis of the church. She has been published in the Christian Century and the Presbyterian Outlook. She lives in Texas.
Is wealth the opposite of Christianity? Is profit antithetical to the kin-dom of God? A look into Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli’s accounting process – now called reconciliation accounting – reveals that despite Jesus’ words, the practice of Christians in the Western world has emphatically answered: no, they get along just fine. It is high time for a Christianity, guided by Mark 10:17–31, that is unreconciled with wealth.
How can White U.S. Christians in this moment love Asian American and Pacific Islander bodies, without succumbing to the seductions of commodification and ornamentation? How can we resist the impulses to only understand Easter’s resurrection through the lens of generative suffering?
Those who read Paul’s propertied incarnation in Galatians should not run away from its horrors or theologize them. We should find truth in them (though perhaps not the truth Paul intended). We should tell truth from them.