Here recently on June 26th of 2020, I posted a status that said I am from “white trash” and I’m proud of it, but now this trash can proclaim God’s glory. Now I am not bashing any culture or where I am from. Before we continue, I want to share my heart and it is simple, I just finished a book listening to the book called “White Trash the 400-year Untold History of class in America.” Then I started to listen to Thomas Sowell’s book called “Black Rednecks and White Liberals” for both authors that seemed to be saying the same thing. Growing up in Kentucky I was like this was my culture and I was part of their culture. I posted this is saying the class system is where I came from and I am proud of it. Instead, I wanted to share my thoughts on the issue of “white trash.” One Americans are not individuals that are made up of their ideas, we are shaped by our history (national), family history, cultural history, and the communities in which we live. We can think we have outrun history, but history is the shadow behind us. First, I will define the term class system and what I mean by it, and my own cultural experience. So, what I want to do is walk through some critiques of the book from one author that did not like the book “White trash the 400-year Untold history of class in America,” in the next blog.
First, I want to address where I am coming from, I see an issue from history and then I apply it today. This means I look at the historical-cultural and I also deal with the written culture, from the best that I can do, and then apply it to today’s standard. Scott Moreau describes the word contextualization as “the process whereby Christians adapt the forms, content, and praxis of the Christian faith to communicate it to the minds and hearts of the people with other cultural backgrounds. The goal is to make the Christian faith as a whole not only the message but the means of living out our faith in the local setting understandable.” What is Dr. Moreau getting in this definition? First, he sees it as a process, it is something we must be willing to do and work through the forms, content, and practice of our faith to other cultures. For instance, at the Korean Church, I was once a minister at, there use to Argentina every couple of years. But before they went to Argentina each of the people wanting to go had “homework” to do. They would research the area and try to learn some language skills; the classes would be for like six weeks. In my personal experience while at this church I had to communicate the gospel to a whole new “culture” and “class” that I was not prepared for. In this church four different cultures were going on, you had the Korean side first generation, those that came from South Korea to America, then they would have kids, and this would be called the second generation, then those that just came over from Korea. I fell in love with Korean food and Korean culture. I had to “adapt” to the culture, and I did lose some of myself in the matter.
So, what do I mean when I say, class? Class according to Webster’s dictionary is “a group sharing the same economic or social status.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/class
In other words, class is the place we are in society and I do not like it. Some are looked down upon and as in Nancey book’s that will discuss soon addresses how “America was founded.” Growing up I remember being told by my family that was “middle-class people.” According to pew research about 29% in the lower, 52% of Americans live in the middle-class category, and 19% in the upper. In their research, they found the upper class made about $187,872 per year, the middle class $78,442, and lower $25,624. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/06/the-american-middle-class-is-stable-in-size-but-losing-ground-financially-to-upper-income-families/
In my own family, we never talked about the finical issues at all, but I remember each month each of my family members struggled to pay bills. I am going to use my mamaw’s income (this would be my grandmother) she works at Hardee’s restaurant. I am going to assume that she makes the maximal amount that one can make at that restaurant $11.43 per hour and works about 32 hours weekly. So, if we multiply that we get 365.76 and multiply that by two because she gets paid biweekly $731.52 and we would times that by 24 we would get 17,556.48 give or take. Then she might get a little check from the government from my papaw (grandpa) while he was alive. I do not think his checks brought in $8,000 annually to make up the annual income according to pew for the lower class of $25,624 that pew is referring to. On average in my hometown according to one website that annual income for that community is $26,412 with a 29% rate of poverty in that area. 
See my grandmother could not be in the average income criteria. This is what I would call the lower, lower-class system, or “white trash.” I do not see it as a bad term I wear it like I am proud, I realize that is where I have come from. But I will dive into the book in the next blog, and deal with what we are talking about. We are the downtrodden the savages in other words I would honestly say that if we had a Boston tea party today the founding fathers would dress up as some of these people and throw the tea over. We see it in movies look at the movie Deliverance, Hills have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, etc. each of these we see the poorer hard workers that are made fun of.
To show how I used the badge of white trash, is I remember one of my best friends in high school was named Blake Fudge. Fudge at one point was on Jerry Springer or Maury tv show, and I remember growing up my mom would watch that daily, or later on, my grandma would watch Dr. Phil. I thought it was cool that those people got on the big spring. When I went to college and I joked with some new friends and said, “yeah one of my friends was Maury or Jerry Springer and proposed,” I thought that was the coolest thing ever. The friends looked at me like I was stupid and laughed. I was like is that not awesome? They slowly walked away, and finally, I had the “tough” conversation, I learned that that is the people that they make fun of. They thought that was the minority people.
This is where I am from, and I am glad to be from there. In the world that I am living now, man I struggle I want that old “white trash” part of me back. But now I have friends around the world, professors around the world, I have met “celebrities” (In the Christian world view), I thought this was like living in Hollywood. But the world is small and the more I learn the more I realize that in my field of study in missions and biblical studies our world is even smaller. Being “White trash” is not bad we are just those that society has forgotten, on the next blog we will look at a critique of the book that I mentioned above.
 Contextualization in world missions