Matt Chandler on Privilege & Opportunity

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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Matt Chandler is a white leader. Who better to speak about white privilege, right?

But that’s not how our meeting with Matt started out. Matt began his conversation with Todd Wilson and Grant Skeldon by dropping a bomb.

In effect, Matt began by stating that of all people to speak on white privilege, he could buck against it more than most. Raised by a single mother, living in trailers off of food stamps, on special assistance programs, and having to move a lot, Matt said that he was the poorest kid in school. He certainly didn’t feel privileged by the color of his skin.

But what was masterful in Matt’s delivery was that he turned it around to quickly state, “I could feel that way…as if I wasn’t privileged, but I won’t.” The reason why, he went on to say, was that he was aware that privilege was more about opportunity than it was wealth.

Doors were opened to him throughout his life that would not have been if he were a person of color.

Ever a fan of the Gospel (I mean, he is the director of Acts29 Network), Chandler maintained that acknowledging the presence of oppression and systemic racism was a Gospel issue.

During the remainder of the time with Matt, he continued to unpack the Gospel implications of the presence of privilege in our society and what the proper Gospel response is.

Perhaps most refreshing of all was that this topic was not new to Chandler. He’s not been reactive to these issues, but proactive over the years. Matt spoke like a man on a journey, recounting his findings, and sharing the sites and discoveries he’s made along the way.

Watch the free conversation here with Matt Chandler.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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